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.
Course Date: Mon 28 Jan 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetEnjoy 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: £79.00Senior fee: £63.00Concession: £35.00
Course Date: Sat 2 Feb 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetA 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 visit to Kew on Thurs 21 February, library in the morning, garden in the afternoon ( fee may apply - tbc).Full fee: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £88.00
Course Date: Sat 16 Feb 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetToday'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: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £25.00
Course Date: Wed 1 May 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetExplore 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: £99.00Senior fee: £79.00Concession: £44.00
Course Date: Sat 1 Jun 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetWe 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: £199.00Senior fee: £159.00Concession: £100.00
Course Date: Wed 19 Jun 2019
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetThis 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: £79.00Senior fee: £63.00Concession: £35.00
Course Date: Wed 17 Oct 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetEnjoy fresh air and autumn scenery on this relaxed course spotting and identifying London’s birdlife. Learn about avian natural history and improve your wildlife watching skills. First session at Build followed by three guided fieldtrips in different London locations.Full fee: £79.00Senior fee: £63.00Concession: £35.00
Course Date: Mon 5 Nov 2018
Location on this date: KS - Keeley StreetDiscover the delights of some small gardens in London's Square Mile, where rich planting enhances historic sites. Special trees are a highlight. Practical plant identification will be provided at Build in the morning, with a guided walk in the afternoon.
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: £49.00Senior fee: £39.00Concession: £22.00