The Wildlife & Habitats of East Anglia

Ref: C2224629

This course that looks a wide range of wildlife habitats in East Anglia and the flora and fauna that can be found in these areas. An extensive range of habitats and nature reserves are shown through seasonal and colourful slides of landscapes, nature reserves, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, plants and mammals. Areas focused on during this interactive course will include: RSPB Minsmere, Heathland and Woodland, The Brecks and Thetford Forest, Estuary wildlife - including saltmarsh habitats and the wildlife that depends on it, The Suffolk and Norfolk Broads, The North Norfolk Coast, The Cambridgeshire Fens, The Essex Marshes and Conservation Organisations in East Anglia. There is plenty of opportunity for discussion during each session - especially regarding conservation issues, coastal erosion in East Anglia and any wildlife sightings or nature reserves visited by students. A group field trip will also be available to all students, if required, one the course has completed.

Course aim

Provide details, using discussion and colourful slides, of the flora, fauna and nature reserves found in East Anglia and to inspire students to visit areas / learn more about them.

Who is the course for?

- No skills or experience needed - This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

What topics will this course cover

- 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 will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

How will I know I'm making progress?

- 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 - You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning - You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions - There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

- 1) A Notepad and a pen 2) Access to the internet or library (if you wish to do further reading up before, during or after the course) A range of books, maps & leaflets will be recommended to you and also brought to each session

Reading and information sources

- No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What could the course lead to?

- Progress to another WEA course - Progress to a course with another provider - Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member - Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation - You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/ - Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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The Wildlife & Habitats of East Anglia 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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