London heaths and commons
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS270
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
This course provides an online introduction to London’s heaths and commons. It aims to equip you with the knowledge to gain greater enjoyment walking in these areas.
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?
- What is a heath? What is a common?
- A social and environmental history of London’s heaths and commons
- Conservation of London’s heaths and commons today
- Recognising different habitat types
- Ecology of the wildlife found within heaths and commons
- Going further / getting involved.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Outline the historic factors which led to the heaths and commons we see in London today
- Recognise a range of habitat types found within heaths and commons
- Become familiar with a number of animals and plant found in these habitats
- Walk through London’s heaths and commons with increased awareness and enjoyment, noticing and being able to describe the wildlife they sustain.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory / improvers course and is open to all. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and participate fully.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The main content will be delivered by tutor presentation, but there will also be questions and answers, learning tasks, discussion and viewing of website and videos.
Notes and learning resources will be available through Google Classroom after each class.
You are encouraged to go for a walk within a heath or common during the week long break between the classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may wish to have a notebook and pen handy for taking notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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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.