Natural History in 21st Century

Ref: C2227544

This course will look at the variety of techniques available for monitoring and recording the lifestyles of plants, animals and fungi. As wildlife adapts to the impact of climate change, habitat loss and pollution find out how such monitoring is being used by natural historians to discover how certain species are responding to these threats. Appropriate conservation management must be based on sound evidence and using specific case studies students will consider if such efforts can make a real difference. Following the recent trend in the appreciation of the wealth of wildlife in gardens and other urban habitats, students will discuss how the appropriate management of such sites can make a real contribution to overall biodiversity. Students will be encouraged to learn more about some common species and hone their identification skills as well as trying out some monitoring techniques for themselves.

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed No course on 28/10/2020

Course aim

Do join this 10 week class to find out how natural historians are using various techniques for monitoring and recording wildlife and uncovering many fascinating stories of how living organisms are thriving in these changing times.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is open to anyone with a passion and enthusiasm to discover the wonders of the natural world.

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

  • 1. Describe the different methods of monitoring wildlife
  • 2. review the results of some of the techniques available
  • 3. recall what are outcomes of some of the conservation measures that are being used to help selected habitats and species both in urban areas and the wider countryside
  • 4. discuss various ways of improving their own local area for wildlife and how to monitor the results
  • 5. gain confidence to identify some common species

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • Individual observations of the natural world will be encouraged with opportunties to share these with others

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • 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
  • Sharing new observations about the natural world will be actively encouraged using appropriate techniques.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A bump of curiosity is all that is required!

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Being able to get outside to look at wildlife had many benefits and sharing this with others enhances these benefits. Hopefully those particpating in this course will be able to join up with others to further their investigations into the wonders of the natural world.

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Natural History in 21st Century

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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