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There is a fascinating world of nature all around us which we can see if we know how to look for it. Wherever you live, be it in a city or the countryside, you will find areas that support a range of wildlife. This free course, Neighbourhood nature, will provide you with basic scientific and observational skills so that you can go into your local neighbourhood to discover the animals and plants in open spaces. You will learn how to observe, identify and record the wildlife around you, building up a picture of a small part of your local environment.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand how woodland is structured
- understand what is meant by the term ‘ancient woodland’ and how such woodland may be recognised
- understand how certain woodland management methods can benefit biodiversity
- understand the conservation importance of ancient trees.
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- 1 Woodland
- 2 Ancient trees
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In this extract from Neighbourhood nature (S159) you will learn about the plants and animals in an English temperate woodland, how they can provide clues about the history of local woodland and how some traditional woodland management methods can benefit biodiversity. You will also learn about the importance of ancient trees as a habitat for certain rare species of insect and fungus.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Natural History courses or view the range of currently available OU Natural History courses.
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Originally published: Monday, 21st March 2016
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