Wetlands in Summer

Ref: C2225670

Aquatic habitats and the varied life forms within them are under threat from built development, intensive agriculture and climate change. The quality of these environments influences the range of plants and animals that can survive these threats. Using specific examples with different lifecycles, this course will showcase which common species of may be found in the local ponds, lakes and rivers and explain the importance of food chains within such habitats. There will be opportunities to discuss how practical conservation measures are carried out to maintain and enhance such habitats. Two field visits to aquatic habitats will be arranged as part of the course where students will be able to develop their identification skills.

Course aim

Dragonflies skimming over a pond while ducklings feed on tiny creatures are a feature of summer. This course will help you appreciate some of the lifecycles found in such environments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • A notebook is helpful. There will be a field visit and car sharing will be encouraged.

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

  • identify some common plants associated with aquatic habitats
  • describe the life cycles of a selected range of aquatic invertebrates
  • describe the life cycles of two common amphibians
  • describe an aquatic food chain
  • appreciate why it is important to conserve aquatic 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
  • Students will be encouraged to continue their observations of the natural world.

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
  • You will be encouraged to record your own observations of the natural world.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A note book and an inquiring mind

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A book list and other reference sources will be supplied during the course

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Feel sufficiently confident to help with national wildlife recording schemes

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Wetlands in Summer

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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