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Neighbourhood nature

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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.

By the end of this free course you should be able to understand:

  • how woodland is structured
  • what is meant by the term ‘ancient woodland’ and how such woodland may be recognised
  • how certain woodland management methods can benefit biodiversity
  • the conservation importance of ancient trees.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 1 hour
  • Updated Thursday 31st October 2013
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Natural History
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Neighbourhood nature


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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.

This unit is from our archive and is an adapted extract from Neighbourhood nature (S159) which is no longer taught by The Open University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this subject area [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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