The Natural History of Flowers

Ref: C2226707

Throughout the summer colourful flowers blossom in meadows, river banks, parks and gardens. Naming them is a pleasant challenge, looking at them in close up is fascinating and students will be given practical advice on honing their identification skills. There will be discussions on how plants need to attract insect pollinators and repel hungry herbivores. Their role in sustaining life will be considered and what conservation measures are working to improve biodiversity. There will be two field excursions to flower rich sites.

Additional information about this course

Fee includes two field trips to local flower rich meadows.

Course aim

The flowering parts of wildflowers and their cultivated forms are beautiful structures, designed to attract many pollinating insects. Do join this class to examine flowers and discover why they are so important in underpining biodiveristy!

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • Students will be encouraged to develop of their powers of observation and use photograpy to help record features of various flowers.

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

  • Describe the function of the various parts of a flower and some of the variations found in some common examples
  • Identify 20 common flowers using various techniques
  • Describe the various pigments which give flowers their colours
  • Outline how and why flowers regulate the production of perfumes and nectar
  • Describe how flowers are important for maintaining biodiveristy

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 make their own observations of the natural world and share these with other students

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 encourged to grow and study a selection of flowers and participate in any citizen science project which monitor the local biodiversity

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Students will be encouraged to use photographs to record their observations.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Sudents will be encouraged to rad widely, watch relevant TV programmes and discuss observations with one another.

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
  • Students will be encouraged to participate in any citizen science project which help to monitor the biodivesrity of the local area.

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The Natural History of Flowers

Enrolment Conditions

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  • 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

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