Stiperstones Nature Walk

Ref: C3125944

Meeting at the Bog visitor centre, students will be taken on a walk around the fascinating nearby area of heathland and the surprising outcrops of the Cranberry Rocks along the Stiperstones ridge. Our focus will be on the plants, birds and wildlife so sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing and cameras/ smartphones and notebooks would all be useful accessories. The tutor, Simon Fletcher, who's spent a life time looking at nature and writing about it, will talk about the different aspects of the local ecology and how it's been influenced by the industrial past. Students will be encouraged to ask questions to further their knowledge and interest. At the end of the session it should be possible to enjoy a cup of tea and a chat at the visitors' centre where there are displays about the local history/ nature. Further walks may be possible.

Course aim

This course is a walk in the countryside around The Bog/ Stiperstones with a gentle introduction to the plants and wildlife of the heathland habitat.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone with a keen interest in the local countryside/ nature/ local history will be welcome. You don't have to have any great knowledge but a willingness to learn and enjoy the countryside would be appropriate.

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

  • talk with enthusiasm about the beauties of the local countryside
  • identify some of the local plants/ birds and wildlife
  • recognise some of the unique features of the landscape
  • guide others to a new appreciation of the local countryside

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?

  • The tutor will do his best to answer any questions about the local plants and wildlife and suggest other opportunities students might enjoy to enhance their learning, e.g. join a local wildlife/ ramblers' group.

What else do I need to know?

  • An enthusiasm for a walk in the countryside is the most important thing so suitable clothing and a smartphone/ camera and/ or notebook would be useful.

Pre-course work, 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 can I do next?

  • 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
  • It would be hoped that other similar courses could be offered by the WEA including visiting the same location later in the year/ at another season.

Download full course outline

Stiperstones Nature Walk 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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