The Islands of Britain, their history and natural history

Ref: C3532818

How many islands are there around the British Isles is a frequently asked question, the course will try to answer that question while investigating the life of small island isolated communities, the lives famous islander and world changing events on the Islands of Britain. This course will explore the history and archaeology of our islands from prehistoric people living on Orkney, to the Viking raiders on Holy Island. It will go on to look in to the role of islands in coastal defence as well as trade and industry. Britain's coastal islands support some of the most beautiful scenery and spectacular wildlife found in Europe, from enormous colonies of Gannets in Shetland to rare plants and insects on the Isles of Scilly the course will introduce you to the wonderful island wildlife. You will hear how a shipwreck on the Isles of Scilly changed British History.

Course aim

This course is an exploration of the many and varied islands around the coast of the British Isles. The course will investigate the natural history and history of the island from our earliest ancestors to international trade and industry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • List five major island groups around the coast of Great Britain
  • Outline the importance of island in defence of the nation
  • Explain how a major ship wreck changed history
  • Describe the impact on island life on evolution
  • Name ten habitats or species that are found on British Islands.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

No prior knowledge or equipment is required

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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The Islands of Britain, their history and natural history


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