Autumnal Natural History

Ref: C2224427

Course Description (maximum 150 words) How do plants and animals react to the changing seasons, shorter days and the onset of colder temperatures? This course will focus on the impact of seasonal changes on a wide variety of organisms found in different habitats. How do plants prepare for winter? How do specific animal species deal with lack of food? There will be opportunities to learn identification skills so that students can recognise the characteristic features of some of the common plants, fungi, birds and mammals which are found in the local countryside.

Course aim

Course Aim (Maximum 30 words) Autumnal colours, fruits, toadstools, are all signs of the approach of winter. Students will consider the biological mechanisms which enable a selection of species survive the onset of winter.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • Anyone with a passion and enthusiasm to discover the wonders of the natural world.

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

  • 1. recognise the importance of inter-connectivity of life 3 able to identify some common forms of wildlife
  • 2. consider how mammals and bird prepare for winter
  • 3. identify some common forms of wildlife

How will I be taught?

  • WEA classes are friendly and supportive and you will be encouraged to work with your fellow students with guidance from the tutor. You will have the chance to share ideas, views and observations about the natural world.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A notebook is helpful. There will be a field visit and car sharing will be encouraged.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • • No pre reading or pre course work is required Selection of books for reading will be supplied during the course

What can I do next?

  • continue to enjoy the natural world • Attend guided walks arranged by various local organisations. • Submit records to appropriate biological recording schemes.

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Autumnal Natural History


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