The Natural History of Grasslands

Ref: C2224437

Flower rich grasslands are wonderful habitats that support a wide variety of species, but are now rare in the UK. This course will look at what species may be found in such habitats and consider ways in which they can be maintained to enhance their biodiversity value. There will be opportunities to learn identification techniques for various species including plants, insects and birds. There will be visits to a couple of local flower rich grassland sites.

Course aim

Grasslands should be full of wild flowers and these provide food for insects which in turn feed birds and other creatures. Do join this class to learn why flowers are so important.

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:

  • appreciate the range of plants and insects in grasslands
  • plan a visit to some local examples of flower rich grasslands
  • consider habitat creation and monitoring its success

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?

  • two field visits will be 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 supplied as part of the course

What can I do next?

  • visiting grasslands in the company of others who share the same passions for study

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The Natural History of Grasslands


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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • 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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