Wild London: spring nature in the city

Course Dates: 30/04/19 - 08/06/19
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Brenna Boyle

Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees are among the highlights of spring. It’s the season of peak activity in the natural world. Discover more on this engaging course including four field-trips within London. Two evening classroom sessions (18:30- 20:30 ) followed by four Saturday morning (11:00 - 13:00 ) off-site sessions.

Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service and also works for two urban environmental education charities.


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Wild London: spring nature in the city

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What is the course about?

Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees are among the highlights of spring. Discover the season of peak activity in the natural world through two evening classes at CityLit and four Saturday field-trips within London.

What will we cover?

Over a total of 6 sessions (2 classroom, 4 fieldtrip) the following topics will be covered:

• An overview of London habitats and species
• Seasonal natural events in spring
• Bird song and bird nesting behaviour
• Invertebrates; ecology and identification
• Spring flowers; ecology and identification

The first two sessions will take place in the classroom at City Lit on a Tuesday evening 18:30 - 20:30. The next four sessions be Saturday fieldtrips from 11:00 – 13:00. The 4 field trips will take place at:

• Kensington Gardens
• The Thames Riverside in West London
• WaterWorks Nature Reserve, Lee Valley
• Nunhead Cemetery, Southwark.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Describe and appreciate the range of wildlife that flourishes alongside us in London
- Outline features of several London habitats
- Describe some of the key natural events taking place in the spring time
- Recognise a variety of London birds and understand their behaviour in spring
- Identify a range of London invertebrate and describe their ecology
- Recognise a variety of spring wildflowers and understand plant ecology
- Gain confidence in independently exploring and enjoying London’s many wild spaces
- State some ways in which you could become involved with the conservation and study of London's wildlife


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.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

There will be no work outside of the class, however guidance to finding further information will be provided each week as well as suggestions of where in London to experience the different elements of this course.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs, aside from your travel to the sites. Bring your own experience of wildlife in London. For weeks 3-6 wear suitable outdoor clothing including sturdy footwear, bring binoculars if you have them and wish to use them.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS090 Spring birds: Introduction to ornithology
HS157 Great botanists
HS184 Exploring wetlands
HS099 Walking London's Rivers
HS172 Walking London's Woodlands

HS133 Botany on the page
HS139 Invertebrates: a world of diversity and success. Includes a visit to the Natural History Museum.

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


Customer Reviews 4 item(s)

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Really enjoyable, especially for getting out and about around London to see and learn about the nature on our doorstep.
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Review by Joe / (Posted on 06/07/2017)
This was a wonderful course, with visits to some great nature sites in London that I'd never been to before. The instructor knows all the plants, birds, butterflies and other creatures that we encountered.
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Review by Seth / (Posted on 16/06/2017)
I have done the Walking Wild London course with the tutor in summer 2016, and was impressed by the material, equipment and information she provided. She was very knowledgeable and experienced and created a fun, friendly and supportive group. It was great to learn about nature in London and to actually see it all in its natural setting during the exciting park visits. I was inspired to continue with further study and will definitely go on another course!
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Review by Palm Tree / (Posted on 12/12/2016)
I have been on the same course that is delivered in Autumn. The course content is really good and the field visits are great fun. The content was great for a beginner like me and also appealing to the more experienced ones in the class. The tutor is very knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, with lots of fun anecdotes and incredible patience in answering our questions. She also provided lots of references with useful websites, further reading etc. I also made some new friends there, so I am hoping that I will be able to join this course too.
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Review by Karen / (Posted on 12/12/2016)

Book your place

Course Code: HS029

Tue+Sat, eve, 30 Apr - 08 Jun '19

Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)

Full fee: £109.00
Senior fee: £109.00
Concession: £48.00

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