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Courses include: birdwatching, bush craft and the study of local wildlife habitats.

Birdwatching: Understanding birds in the local environment View details

A course of practical birdwatching trips in different locations. Learn to identify a range of species across key habitats, understanding how birds are adapted to the demands of their environment.

Day School: Norfolk Wildlife Trust - Cley Reserve - Staff & Volunteers View details

Following a talk about the history of the Wildlife Trust with particular reference to Cley, there will be an hours break for lunch and for you to explore the gift shop and art gallery. There will then be a guided walk on the reserve. At this stage we may divide into two groups so the hides do not get overcrowded.

Day School: The Earth Is All Before Us View details

Many of us are becoming increasingly cut off from the natural world through urban lives and our devotion to the technological miracles that surround us. We are slowly succumbing to a condition known as ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’, whose symptoms include experiences of exhaustion and depression. How can we help ourselves and cheer up? A recent upsurge in nature-writing explores the importance of our connectedness with nature, at a personal level. This connectedness can sharpen our awareness of beauty and raise our spirits; it can also restore our sense of wonder and well-being.

Gaining Confidence Through Bushcraft and Rural Skills View details

This creative and practical outdoor course is designed for people of any ability, aiming to increase confidence in groups and develop basic Bushcraft skills. These activities may include; whittling, making fire, cooking over a fire, preparing food outdoors and making different types of shelter. You will have the opportunity to gain new skills, demonstrate practical knowledge and build your confidence. We work in a beautiful environment that enables you to learn from and enjoy the world around you. This non-threatening course understands the need for people to work at a pace they are happy with, and gently encourages individuals to work in a team, building a sense of small community. You will learn basic survival skills that help us to understand who we are and how our ancestors might have lived.

Gaining Confidence Through Walking and Exploring the Landscape View details

The planning and mapping of 15 walks which are then undertaken and led by the learners. The course will span over 15 sessions, commencing with an introduction to map reading and planning a route, with a short walk on the first session. Further sessions will be split into planning and then walking the route. The course has pick up points in Banwell, Weston-super-Mare, Worle, Congresbury, Yatton and Clevedon where the planning takes place. The group will then be taken to the start of the walk and the walks will be circular from there. The group will have the opportunity to use many of the footpaths in the surrounding area including the West Mendip Way. The paths are on the edge of the Mendips so include inclines, declines, wooded areas, fields with livestock, footpaths, bridleways and lanes.

Introduction to Ecology View details

The environment has been in the news a lot recently, with events such as the student strikes and Extinction Rebellion hitting the headlines. We will discuss why people think the environment is important, and ways to look after it. The course will take place outdoors in Chelsea Physic Garden. This will give us the opportunity to try out some simple scientific research methods. We will also benefit from the wide range of plants in the garden, and seeing how they are used by humans and how they like to live naturally.

Living Willow Garden Structure Taster View details

On this course we will maintain an existing living willow garden structure by pruning with handtools and creatively using basic weaving techniques. We will weave some willow into the structure to enhance it's shape and strength.

Looking at Trees View details

This course is over 6 sessions. Beginning each session with tree biology we look at a selection of pre cut timber which demonstrate the inner workings of trees; showing such features as growth and decay. Expanding on these themes we then take a woodland walk, stopping to discuss particular examples within living trees. In the latter part of the course we look at the cultural heritage of trees. Week 1. What is a tree? How is a tree adapted for survival. Week 2. Tree structure, strength, flexibility and form. Week 3. Decay and defence. Week 4. Tree development from seed to veteran. Week 5. Cultural heritage and future stewardship. Week 6. An informal sharing of ideas and reflections. The course emphasis is practical tree study and yet it is hoped that we may develop additional conversations about nature writers/ artists and most importantly the thoughts and stories which participants may bring to the group. A level of fitness required for gentle walking.

Maintaining a Living Willow Garden Structure View details

On this course we will maintain an existing living willow garden structure by pruning with handtools and creatively using basic weaving techniques. We will weave some willow into the structure to enhance it's strength and shape.

Maintaining a Living Willow Garden Structure View details

On this course we will maintain an existing living willow garden structure by pruning with handtools and creatively using basic weaving techniques. We will weave some willow into the structure to enhance it's shape and strength.