Winter walks in London
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS274
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
Winter is a surprisingly rewarding time to be outdoors enjoying wildlife. Without the leaves on the trees, the landscapes open up and birds can be more easily seen. This is the time to spot birds that migrate to us for the winter. In wetlands sites the numbers of over-wintering birds can be extraordinary. The trees are in bud and this presents a brilliant way to identify the many different species. The mammals which don’t hibernate are busy finding food and are often easier to see. Overall, this is a season not to be missed! This online course will offer you guidance and insights on exploring woodland, wetland and parkland landscapes, identifying and observing the wildlife within.
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?
- Woodlands in winter
- Wetlands in winter
- Parklands in winter
- Hibernation, migration and other winter survival strategies
- Tips for identification of winter trees
- Tips for identification of winter birds
- Looking out for the first signs of spring
- Furthering your interest.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Walk independently though woodland, parkland and wetland habitats in winter with increased enjoyment, noticing the wildlife they sustain, being aware of a range of survival strategies and identifying some of the species encountered.
- Understand how to further your interest, including knowledge of relevant places to visit in London.
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 participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be mainly be taught through tutor presentation. There will also be discussion, Q&A, learning tasks and viewing of websites and videos.
Notes and learning resources will be available on Google Classroom after each class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs, but you may wish to bring a notepad and pen.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS274 Winter walks in London
HS191 Botany of the Christmas cake
HS275 Bird identification with sight and song.
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.