What is the course about?
Discover the history behind the woodlands we see today in London. Understand some of the key ecological processes taking place in our woodlands and learn to identify a range of flora and fauna. Explore London’s woodlands with increase knowledge and enjoyment. Introduction at City Lit followed by three woodland walks; locations to be confirmed at the start of the course.
What will we cover?
•Types of woodland
• History of woodlands in London
• Woodland ecology
• Identifying trees and plants
• Identifying birds and animals.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Recognise a variety of woodland types
• Summarise the current state of London’s woodlands
• Describe some of the key ecological processes within a woodland
• Recognise at least 5 woodland plants, trees and birds
• Walk in London’s woodlands with increased awareness and enjoyment.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will
need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. You need to be
mobile enough to complete a leisurely 2 hour walk along rough paths with some inclines.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The first session will be an illustrated introduction to woodlands in the classroom at City Lit. This session will
include some individual and group learning tasks. The walks will take place in a different woodland each week, with
precise locations to be confirmed at the start of the course. All walks will start and finish at the same meeting point and be accessible by public transport. The walks will all be around 1.5 - 2 miles and will including identifying woodland species, group discussion and questions and answers.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will need to cover the cost of your transport to the meeting places for the walks. Wear comfortable clothing for walking, including sturdy footwear. Consider the weather on the day and bring water, a hat and sun lotion, or waterproofs as required. Feel free to bring binoculars and a camera if you wish.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look our for our natural history and science courses in our 2019-20 programme.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details