(Short Course) Introduction to British Wildlife
- Duration 6 weeks
- Location Online
Why choose this course?
Our ecologists and conservation experts will introduce you to the diversity and range of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles that live in Britain. You will learn why Britain has the range of species it does and understand how this has changed over time with the introduction and extinction of many species.
Key course features
Our ecologists and conservation experts will introduce you to the diversity and range of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles that live in Britain. You will learn why Britain has the range of species it does and understand how this has changed over time with the introduction and extinction of many species. Discover the distribution and ecology of these species and learn the characteristic features and signs that will help you identify them in the field.
You will be taken on a virtual tour of the local area to see a range of rare and endangered species. You will discover which species live in the region’s fields, hedgerows and woodland, including dormice, red squirrels and badgers. You will also learn about the internationally important sand dunes along the north Wales coast and learn about common and sand lizards, little terns and natterjack toads.
Learn with qualified and experienced instructors:
• Denise Yorke MSc BSc (Hons) FHEA MCIEEM – Senior Lecturer and Ecological Consultant
• Liam Blazey BSc (Hons) - Biodiversity Officer for Denbighshire
What you will study
• Ecology of a range of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians in Britain – distribution, habitat requirements, diet, behaviour, physical/biological characteristics.
• Ecology of a range of plants and trees in Britain - distribution, habitat requirements.
• Field signs: burrows, latrines, scats, feeding stations, prints, tracks, hair samples, calls, activities.
• Native and non-native species, Flora and fauna identification, Use of identification keys.
• Use of basic key terms and ecological definitions including native, species, population, community.
Entry requirements & applying
There are no entry requirements for this course; just an interest in the subject!
Teaching & Assessment
• Multiple choice questions - which will include questions relating to the ecology of flora and fauna. This may include but not be limited to field signs, diet, behaviour, habitat requirements, characteristics (physical & behavioural) and distribution (including influencing factors).
• Online practical - students will identify a range of flora and fauna species from field signs and specimens.
Fees & funding
26th October 2022