Wild West London nature walks
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: HS291
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
Get outside this June and enjoy exploring the many habitats of West London. We will identify and discuss everything from plants to birds. The first session of the course will be at City Lit and will provide the arrangements for each of the walks and an introduction to some of the wildlife we hope to spot over the next few weeks. The walks will take place at:
- Richmond Park
- Wimbledon Common
- The riverside at Barnes and Leg of Mutton Nature Reserve
Please note that the locations and order of the walks may change.
What will we cover?
- Habitats of West London
- Birds, invertebrates, trees, plants; identification and ecology
- General tips for wildlife watching.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Walk in West London with a greater understanding and appreciation of the habitats and nature present.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will take place partly in the classroom and partly outdoors at 3 locations in West London. The main format of the classroom session will be an illustrated presentation, with some interactive learning activities, discussion, questions and answers. The walks will be guided by the tutor who will assist you to see and identify wildlife. This is a very relaxed course and all questions are welcome!
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A notepad or device for note taking would be useful. If you have your own binoculars or ID guides, then you are encouraged to bring them along to the walks, but these are not essential. The tutor will have binoculars and some ID guides to share with the group.
You will need to pay for your own travel to and from the fieldtrip locations.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check the City Lit website for other nature courses.
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.