The Countryside in Spring

Ref: C2342787

This course will look at the English countryside in Spring, its weather patterns, natural history and how wildlife responds to the changing seasons. Woodland and grassland habitats will be looked at in some detail and we will look at how birds and their songs (including those in gardens), wild plants, butterflies and some wild animals mark the passage of time through the vernal months of the year.

Course aim

To enable people to learn about some of the expressions of nature in the English Countryside in Spring e.g. bird song and wild flowers and to discuss some of the changes over the last 60 years and possible changes to come in the years ahead.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464

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

  • Describe the key phenophases (visible broad changes in vegetation) of the English Spring
  • Identify at least three songs/calls associated with Spring from the following: blackbird, robin, wren, song thrush, mistle thrush, blue tit, great tit, greenfinch and chaffinch
  • Identify at least 5 typical wild flowers of the Spring
  • Identify at least three typical Spring butterflies from the following: small white, brimstone, small tortoise shell, peacock and red admiral
  • Describe and explain some of the main changes in the English countryside over the last six decades, including those due to climate change.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Students should note references in the media to nature and weather in the spring and should bring key points to the next session for discussion. Sharing of digital and non-digital photography will also be encouraged. Students will be asked to make observations of nature in their gardens and locality

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
  • The tutor will not keep individual files but will keep a record of class progress and activities

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Please bring paper and pen to make notes with. Internet access will be useful but not essential.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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The Countryside in Spring

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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