What is the course about?
This course provides an introduction to London’s heaths and commons followed by three guided nature walks. Locations and meeting points will be confirmed in the first session. All meeting points will be accessible by public transport.
What will we cover?
• What is a heath? What is a common?
• A social and environmental history of London’s heaths and commons
• Conservation of London’s heaths and commons today
• Recognising different habitat types
• Identification and ecology of common/heathland:
o Fungi and lichen
• Going further / getting involved.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Outline the historic factors which led to the heaths and commons we see in London today
• Recognise a range of habitat types found within heaths and commons
• Identify a number of common/heathland birds and plants through direct observation
• Walk through London’s heaths and commons with increased awareness and enjoyment, noticing and being able to describe the wildlife they sustain.
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. However, you will
need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions. You need to be mobile enough to complete a leisurely 2 hour walk, sometimes along rough paths.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The first session will be an introduction at Build and will include tutor presentation and group tasks. The following 3 sessions will take place at outdoor locations and will include observation and identification of wildlife, group discussion and questions and answers.
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 for the walks. Wear comfortable clothing for walking, including sturdy footwear. Consider the weather on the day and bring a waterproof coat if required. Feel free to bring binoculars or a camera if you wish, but these are not required.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HS185 Practising birdwatching in winter
HS109 Trees of London
HS112 City of London gardens.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details