Nature & Ecology Courses in London

Delve deeper into the animal and plant life we share our city with, plus look beyond our shores to ecosystems around the world and the environmental issues affecting our planet.

Read Build tutor Brenna Boyle's guide to London's diverse wildlife.

  1. Botany on the page: exploring illustrations,manuscripts and early printed books. Afternoon visits to botanical libraries

    Botany on the page: exploring illustrations,manuscripts and early printed books. Afternoon visits to botanical libraries

    Course Date: Thu 4 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A two-day course with morning sessions at Build and afternoon library visits exploring the rich world of botanical illustration from manuscripts, early printed books to contemporary work, discovering the range of techniques, the artists, the plants and the use made of these illustrations, particularly in relation to medicinal plants.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £39.00

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    Wild London: spring nature in the city

    Course Date: Tue 30 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Birdsong, wildflowers, butterflies and bees are among the highlights of spring. It’s the season of peak activity in the natural world. Discover more on this engaging course including four field-trips within London. Two evening classroom sessions (18:30- 20:30 ) followed by four Saturday morning (11:00 - 13:00 ) off-site sessions.



    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.



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    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £48.00

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    An introduction to ornithology with birdwatching

    Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the life of birds and learn about bird evolution, tips for identification and key behaviours before having a chance to put your skills into practice on two field trips in London (St James' Park and Hampstead Heath).

    Three sessions at Build and two off-site. All 14.00-16.00.



    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £44.00

  4. Great botanists from the 16th to 20th centuries - includes garden visits

    Great botanists from the 16th to 20th centuries - includes garden visits

    Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    We will examine the lives and scientific contributions of key people in the history of botany and gardens, from the 16th to the 20th centuries: John Gerard, Henry Compton, John Fothergill, Humphry Repton, and Thomas Mawson. Five London-based visits included.



    Letta Jones, MA, is a Lecturer in Horticulture and Garden History. She taught at Capel Manor and Birkbeck Colleges for 15 years as well as at the Build. She is a is a Green Flag Parks judge.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £100.00

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    British nature writing: its history and changing perspectives

    Course Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This course focusses on non-fiction nature writing from British naturalists, taking its cue from Gilbert White's Natural History of Selborne at the end of the eighteenth century through to Nan Shepherd, Richard Mabey, Roger Deakin and beyond into the twenty-first century. We will explore the changing purposes of nature writing and how scientific and technological developments have altered our relationship with the natural world. Looking at nature through others' eyes will also give us increased knowledge and appreciation of the flora and fauna of the British landscape.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

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    Walking London's rivers

    Course Date: Mon 29 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    In this relaxed walking programme, we explore the wildlife, ecology and history of London’s rivers. First session at Build, followed by three off-site walks of approximately two hours.



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

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    Walking London's woodlands

    Course Date: Tue 30 Jul 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore London’s diverse woodlands and discover the wildlife within. This relaxed natural history and walking course has an introduction at Build, followed by three off-site woodland walks, all accessible by public transport within easy reach of central London.





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

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    A Japanese garden in a London park- morning at Build; afternoon Holland Park

    Course Date: Sat 6 Apr 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Japanese style gardens became very fashionable In the UK in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and many wealthy landowners wanted one in their park or garden. We will discuss the reasons for their popularity at that time. In the afternoon we will explore Holland Park and its history to track the arrival of the Japanese garden there, and visit the garden.



    Morning at Build 10.30 - 12.30

    Afternoon meet at 2pm in Holland Park.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

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