Natural History in 21st Century

Ref: C2224435

This course will look at how the use of sophisticated techniques for monitoring and recording wildlife enable natural historians to discover so much more about the lifestyles of plants and animals. Students will also consider if conservation efforts have made a real difference. They will look at how the management of wildlife sites in urban areas can make a contribution to overall biodiversity. There will be opportunities to observe some common species and hone identification skills as well as trying out some monitoring techniques.

Course aim

Students discover how remote sensing, photography and sound recordings are useful tools for monitoring what happens in the natural world providing useful information to help with conservation programmes.

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. review and appreciate the different methods of monitoring wildlife
  • 2. consider what are outcomes of some of the conservation measures that are being used to help selected habitats and species both in urban areas and the wider countryside
  • 3. consider implementing ways of improving their own local area for wildlife

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

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 note book, A field visit is part of the course

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A book list will be given out once the course is underway

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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Natural History in 21st Century Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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