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.

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  1. Discover the South London Botanical Institute - a hidden treasure

    Course Date: Mon 14 May 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    A day of botanical discovery and enjoyment at the 100-year-old Botanical Institute in Tulse Hill. Behind the scenes access to the unique herbarium of dried plants, hands-on use of microscopes and exploration of the garden and library treasures. Note: This course will be held at South London Botanical Institute, 323 Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, London SE24 9AQ.



    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 Green Flag Parks judge. She leads her own garden history study tours abroad with ACE tours. Access arrangements: Wheelchair access can be gained straight into the garden at the rear, but to get into the house there is one step up via the side access which if suitable, the visitor can, with help up the step in the wheelchair, easily access the ground floor of the building where all the rest of the facilities are based. The toilet wheelchair accessible. For further information contact Build Humanities: 020 7492 2652.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £35.00

  2. Sex lives of the great apes

    Course Date: Sat 19 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the sex lives and sexual strategies of the five living great apes. Topics will range from the major evolutionary theories behind jealousy and cheating and heterosexual/homosexual/bisexual behaviour, to the hand-signals used by bonobos to indicate specific sexual positions. Dr Kathleen Bryson received her PhD in Biological Anthropology from University College London in 2017, and previous to this has taught human evolution and primatology at UCL, Build and the Westminster School. She specialises in studies of ambiguity tolerance in humans and other great apes, in particular evolutionary theory applied to ingroup/outgroup distinctions. She is currently a lecturer at the ProCredit Banker Academy in Fürth, Germany.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  3. Artificial intelligence: threat or promise?

    Course Date: Thu 31 May 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    From chatbots to medical diagnosis machines, what challenges and promises does this technology offer to society? This overview course will look at the history, science and philosophical questions behind the rapid and astonishing developments in this field.
    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 17 Apr 2018
    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.



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

  5. Great botanists from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Includes garden visits

    Course Date: Thu 10 May 2018
    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, Philip Miller, John Fothergill, Humphry Repton and Thomas Mawson. Five London-based visits included; one additional entrance fee of around £12.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £88.00

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