Wild London: Spring nature in the city
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
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.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HS029
Duration: 2 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees are just some of the highlights of spring. Dig a little deeper into the fascinating ecological processes going on during nature’s busy season.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- An overview of London habitats
- Spring ecology of wildflowers and trees
- Insect behavioural case studies
- Amphibian, reptile and mammal spring survival and reproduction strategies
- Bird song and spring time migration of birds
- Resources for identification and becoming more involved with London’s wildlife.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Enjoy a wider appreciation and understanding of the wildlife that flourishes alongside us in London.
- Independently explore London’s many wild spaces with increased awareness of the habitats and wildlife they contain.
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?
The main format will be an illustrated presentation, with some learning activities, discussion, questions and answers. There will be no work required outside of the class. Guidance to finding further information will be provided each week, as well as suggestions of where in London to experience the different elements discussed during this course.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Handouts will be available in advance of the class to view, download and print from Google Classroom. A notepad or device for note taking would be useful.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS090: An introduction to ornithology and birdwatching
HS215 Trees in early summer
HS090 An introduction to ornithology and birdwatching
HS263 Top garden plants
HS264 Summer trees
HS172 An introduction to London's woodlands
HS265 Discover Hill Garden and Pergola, Hampstead: an illustrated talk
HS266 Discover Battersea Park: an illustrated talk
HS133 Botany on the page
HS139 Invertebrates: a world of diversity and success. Includes a visit to the Natural History Museum.
Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital and also works for two urban environmental education charities. She is often to be found wading in either the River Thames or Deptford Creek. Her favourite species is the Long-tailed Tit.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.