The Creation and Management of the Wessex Landscape

Ref: C3529110

‘Wessex’ is famed for its woods, forests, reclaimed marshlands, watermeadows, rivers, heathlands, grasslands and coast. The Creation and Management of the Wessex Landscape is concerned with the interface between natural resources (geology, soils, climate, water and ecology) on the one hand, and human activity on the other. The modern landscape we often strive to conserve is the interplay of humans with the natural world. Following an account of the natural resources of the region, the key habitats will be described in turn including the people who worked the landscape and we find that certain occupations (such as woodsmen, drowners and drovers) are rare today. The outcome will be an appreciation of the livelihoods and natural factors that have shaped the landscape that we all enjoy.

Course aim

The course will describe the formation and management of key valued Wessex landscapes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Appreciate the diversity of the landscapes of 'Wessex'
  • Understand the natural resource base of Wessex
  • Describe how natural resources underpin the creation of the modern landscape and its habitats
  • Understand the role of people and their livelihoods in creating landscapes and habitats

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • A basic reading list will be issued to the Urchfort branch ahead of 25th January. This is entirely voluntary for students

What can I do next?

  • Students are always encouraged to continue their own studies for leisure purposes and (ii) engage with the tutor in respect of planning further courses.

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