Winter to Spring wildlife

Course Dates: 09/02/22 - 23/02/22
Time: 11:00 - 13:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
This time of year sees winter begin to relax its clutches and the early signs of spring emerge. It’s a very rewarding time of year to get out walking. One introduction session at City Lit, followed by two guided walks.
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Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £30.00

Course Code: HS284

Wed, day, 09 Feb - 23 Feb '22

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Discover winter tree buds, early wildflowers, birds looking their very best as the breeding season kicks off, and much more besides. The course is about the transition from winter to spring; the reawakening of nature for another busy season of growth and reproduction. This course will help you spot, identify and understand the natural history that you come across whilst out walking at this time of year, and build anticipation for the crescendo of spring activity.

The course consists of an introduction at City Lit and two guided walks; one in Kensington Gardens and one in Richmond Park.

What will we cover?

- Trees in February: looking at winter buds and anticipating the first flowers
- Wildflowers in February: the early bloomers and an array to look forward to
- Birds in February: the winter migrants, the building up of the dawn chorus and looking out for returning migrants in spring
- A few overlooked gems: some lesser noticed winter to spring marvels
- Tips for planning nature walks, spotting wildlife and working though identification challenges.

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

Enjoy a wider appreciation and understanding of natural history whilst out walking during the transition from winter to spring.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is open to all. For the two walks you will be expected to walk under 3 kilometers.

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

The introduction class will be an illustrated presentation, with interactive learning activities, discussion, questions and answers. The walks will be guided by the tutor with frequent stops to view, discuss and identify natural history. Questions and general chat are much encouraged. The distance covered will be less than 3km for each walk. The tutor will provide identification guides which will be shared with the group. Both walks will be accessible by public transport. Meeting points will be given during the introduction session. There will be no work required outside of the class.

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

You will need to pay for own travel to the walking sites. A notepad or device for note taking would be useful.

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

Please explore the nature section on our website for additional nature courses.

Brenna Boyle

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.