Nature & ecology

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. Adventurers and pioneers of zoology

    Course Date: Tue 15 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Expeditions across the seas, perilous adventures in unknown lands and discoveries that shook the scientific world. Join zoologist Brenna Boyle and discover the brave characters and bold thinkers who shaped our knowledge and understanding of the natural world. Includes visit to the Natural History Museum.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Winter wildlife walks

    Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enjoy some invigorating fresh air and winter scenery, walk off the excesses of the festive season and discover winter wildlife in London. This walking course will guide you through woodland, wetland and parkland landscapes identifying and observing the wildlife within.First session at Build followed by three guided walks.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £35.00

  3. Introduction to botany

    Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical course ideal for those who are new to the science of botany. Learn about the fundamental structure of plants and identify the functions of different components; recognise some of the classification systems of the plant world and assess why these magnificent organisms are essential for our wellbeing. Three Saturday sessions, mornings in the classroom, afternoons short local walks to see specimens outdoors. One whole-day visit to Kew on Thurs 21 February (tbc), tour of the library in the morning, garden in the afternoon - extra costs apply, see below.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

  4. Evolutionary origins of the great apes

    Evolutionary origins of the great apes

    Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Today's apes are few in number but, millions of years ago, apes ruled the primate world. Discover why they were so successful and why they disappeared. Explore key topics in their evolution and find out about great apes around the world today. .
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  5. Invertebrates: a world of diversity and success. Includes a visit to the Natural History Museum

    Course Date: Mon 4 Mar 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Invertebrates account for 98% of all animal life on the planet and include beautiful butterflies, deadly spiders and an incredible array of sea-life. They have colonised each continent and every habitat. Explore invertebrate diversity and find out what makes them so successful. Includes visit to the Natural History Museum.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £17.00

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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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