Wonderful Woodlands

Ref: C2226600

This 10 week course will provide an opportunity for students to consider the varied habitats found in temperate woodlands and study some of the many organisms found within them. How these organisms cope with seasonal changes will be discussed and how they interact with one another. Tips on identification and observation techniques will be part of the course using a variety of identification guides. A field excursion to a local woodland will be part of the course.

Additional information about this course

Half term 23/10/19. This course includes a field trip to a local forest, details to be confirmed once the course begins.

Course aim

Woodlands are home to many different organisms that are adapted to living within the varied habitats found within them. Students will be encouraged to discover some of them and make records of what they observe.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is designed for anyone who has an interest and enthusiam for woodlands and the organisms which are found within them.

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

  • Describe the usual structure of a temperate woodland
  • Identify 10 common trees found in temperate woodlands
  • Identify 10 other plants found in woodlands
  • Describe the importance of the woodwide web
  • Describe how some plants and animals cope with seasonal changes

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
  • An increased sense of wonder at the complexity of the natural world and why it is so important to all of us.

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • Students will be encouraged to particpate in biological recording outside of the classes using their improved skills and understanding of the natural world.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Just an open mind and an interest in the natural world.

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
  • There are many opportunties for involvement in citizen science projects to help provide records for monitoring plants and animals.

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Wonderful Woodlands


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 2019
  • 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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