The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia

Ref: C2225401

This course looks at 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 presentations 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, once 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.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Anyone interested in wildlife and nature

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

  • Identify six nature reserves
  • Identify six different species of bird
  • Identify and describe six different types of butterflies
  • Name six different types of wild flowers
  • Classify five different conservation organisations

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
  • -Using a range of colourful slides of wildlife and nature reserves / habitats -Using bird song and call CD's and some the tutors own bird songs/calls -Using a range of maps, leaflets and books during each session to accompany that session

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 be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Look at wildlife in the garden, Visit nature reserves on organised tours, Do voluntary conservation work / join a conversation organisation, Attend a range of illustrated talks (eg. Wildlife Trust or RSPB evening talks)

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Doing Voluntary work for a Conservation Organisation / Friends Conservation Group OR joining a Local Wildlife group and attending as a member or joining their committee.

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The Wildlife and Habitats of East Anglia


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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