Nature Matters: getting to grips with British wildlife

Ref: C3842775

A course of practical wildlife watching trips in different locations introducing the main groups of wild creatures in Britain. Learn to identify a range of species with hands-on investigations including sweep netting, pond and stream dipping. The course examines the interaction of different organisms within ecosystems and the survival challenges faced by British Wildlife.

Course aim

To introduce the main groups of wildlife contributing to biodiversity in Britain. To encourage students to explore topical nature conservation issues

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Use a range of resources to identify wildlife and make predictions about which of the main groups of animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and fish) will be found in different habitats.
  • Describe 3 different sampling techniques for investigating invertebrate populations in the field.
  • List five environmental threats to wildlife and explain how these can be mitigated by habitat management.
  • Take part in at least one national Citizen Science project (the Big Butterfly Count) and explain the benefits of my submissions.
  • Describe two ways in which coming on the course contributes to improved health and well-being.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Bring binoculars if you have them.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Nature Matters: getting to grips with British wildlife

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

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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