Exploring wetlands in early spring

Course Dates: 17/03/20 - 31/03/20
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutors:
Brenna Boyle

In the early spring London’s wetlands are at their most dynamic for birdlife; the last of the winter migrants prepare for their departure whilst the resident birds dive into the breeding season. Spring wetlands are full of activity, song and courtship displays. Discover the habitat and wildlife of London’s wetlands in early spring during this relaxed course led by zoologist Brenna Boyle. Introductory session at CityLit followed by two fieldtrips to RSPB Rainham Marshes (Thurrock) and the London Wetland Centre (Barnes).



Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service and also works for two urban environmental education charities.

Description

What is the course about?

In the early spring London’s wetlands are at their most dynamic for birdlife; the last of the winter migrants prepare for their departure whilst the resident birds dive into the breeding season. Spring wetlands are full of activity, song and courtship displays. Discover the habitat and wildlife of London’s wetlands in early spring during this relaxed course led by zoologist Brenna Boyle.

What will we cover?

• Wetland ecology
• Bird migration
• Bird song and courtship behaviour
• Spotting and identifying wetland wildlife
• How to get the most out of London’s wetland sites.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Define what constitutes a wetland
• Outline why wetlands are important habitats
• Identify a variety of wetland bird species by sight
• Recognise the calls or songs of a selection of wetland birds
• Interpret bird behaviour which you observe
• Explore London’s fantastic wetland sites with increased awareness and enjoyment, noticing and being able to describe the wildlife they sustain
• Understand the ways in which you can become involved with London’s wildlife and wetland habitats should you wish.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory course and is open to all; no prior knowledge of the subject is required. You need to be
mobile enough to complete a 3 hour walk along rough paths. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is an introductory course and is open to all; no prior knowledge of the subject is required. You need to be
mobile enough to complete a 3 hour walk along rough paths. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will need to cover the cost of your transport to the meeting places and the cost of entry to both sites (total £17 full price, concessions available). If you are a member of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust entry to the London Wetland Centre is free. Entry to Rainham Marshes is free for the RSPB members. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing, including sturdy footwear and warm or waterproof layers as required.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

HS090 Spring birds
HS157 Great botanists
HS029 Wild spring London
HS134 A Japanese garden in London
HS099 Walking London's Rivers
HS172 Walking London's Woodlands
HS133 Botany on the page
HS150 Adventurers and pioneers of zoology
HS139 Invertebrates: a world of diversity and success. Includes a visit to the Natural History Museum
HS187 Nature writing: its history and changing perspectives
HS029 Wild London spring.

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A great opportunity to explore two London Wetland centres with an experienced, knowledgeable and enthusiastic tutor. A relaxed learning environment helped me to gain confidence in bird identification alongside insight to the significance of wetland environments.
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Review by Sue / (Posted on 03/04/2019)
Led by an excellent course leader. I went on her course to these two sites in the summer - two places I would never have got to otherwise. I have birdwatched in wetlands before, but she helped us identify unfamiliar species including black tailed godwits and harriers. She is a strong listener and communicator, and everyone on the course learned something. Visiting these sites in winter may be cold but there will be a much richer variety of migratory species, and there are hides and cafés on site to warm up.
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Review by EMILY / (Posted on 06/01/2018)
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Book your place

Course Code: HS184

Tue, day, 17 Mar - 31 Mar '20

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £35.00

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