Learn about nature, Discover your talents

Develop your skills or discover a new hobby in a relaxed atmosphere with expert advice, whatever your abilities. Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust has an exciting programme of courses including:

Wildlife identification, ecology, surveying techniques, wildlife photography, bush-craft weekends, wildlife art and much more…

Our classes will enable you to get closer to nature, improve your knowledge and help local wildlife. All our courses here are for adults over 18 years of age.

Wild flower identification for beginners
Wild flower identification for beginners
9 Jun 2017 10am – 3pm
Learn the basics skills of wild flower identification on our relaxed, wild flower identification for beginners course. You will spend the day learning to recognise the characteristics of different plant families and start to understand some of the terminology used when looking at the different parts of a plant and the basics of how to use a plant key to help with wild flower identification. Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of plant keys you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for beginners course will cover:
  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat
  • Introduction of plant ID terminology & use of a key
  • Wildflower identification skills with an emphasis on recognising common family groups
During the wildflower identification for beginners course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.
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9 Jun 2017 10am – 3pm

Learn the basics skills of wild flower identification on our relaxed, wild flower identification for beginners course.

You will spend the day learning to recognise the characteristics of different plant families and start to understand some of the terminology used when looking at the different parts of a plant and the basics of how to use a plant key to help with wild flower identification.

Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of plant keys you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for beginners course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat
  • Introduction of plant ID terminology & use of a key
  • Wildflower identification skills with an emphasis on recognising common family groups

During the wildflower identification for beginners course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.

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Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
Beginners Silver Clay Natural Forms
10 June 2017 9.30am – 4.30pm
Learn basic principles of making your own unique silver clay jewellery using wildlife as your inspiration. Using examples you collect from Testwood Lakes or moulds, you can use art to explore natural forms in a 3D art medium and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep or give to a loved one. Silver clay, sometimes called Precious Metal Clay (PMC), is pure silver which comes in the form of a clay, which can be modelled to create unique designs. After shaping and refining, the clay is fired, which converts it into pure solid silver. In this way you can create your own unique, stunning designs. You will learn:
  • Basic silver clay techniques like texturing and rolling
  • Basic design principles
  • Handling and manipulating the silver clay
  • Firing
  • Burnishing and finishing techniques
You will see a demonstration of torch firing, your tutor Hilary Bowen will deal with all the firing of your piece showing you how easy it is to fire your silver clay pieces at home. This course is taught in a small group of no more than 8 and the price includes the cost of the silver clay, enough for the piece of jewellery you make to take home. All the tools and moulds will be available to use and you will also be able to purchase jewellery findings for your piece from Hilary Bowen on the day. Please bring cash on the day to make any additional purchases. At the end of the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to make your own silver clay jewellery at home.
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10 June 2017 9.30am – 4.30pm

Learn basic principles of making your own unique silver clay jewellery using wildlife as your inspiration. Using examples you collect from Testwood Lakes or moulds, you can use art to explore natural forms in a 3D art medium and make a beautiful piece of jewellery to keep or give to a loved one.

Silver clay, sometimes called Precious Metal Clay (PMC), is pure silver which comes in the form of a clay, which can be modelled to create unique designs. After shaping and refining, the clay is fired, which converts it into pure solid silver. In this way you can create your own unique, stunning designs.

You will learn:

  • Basic silver clay techniques like texturing and rolling
  • Basic design principles
  • Handling and manipulating the silver clay
  • Firing
  • Burnishing and finishing techniques

You will see a demonstration of torch firing, your tutor Hilary Bowen will deal with all the firing of your piece showing you how easy it is to fire your silver clay pieces at home.

This course is taught in a small group of no more than 8 and the price includes the cost of the silver clay, enough for the piece of jewellery you make to take home.

All the tools and moulds will be available to use and you will also be able to purchase jewellery findings for your piece from Hilary Bowen on the day. Please bring cash on the day to make any additional purchases.

At the end of the course you will have sufficient skills and knowledge to make your own silver clay jewellery at home.

£80.00 Add to basket
Sale! Path through woodlands at Blashford Lakes by Peter Hutchings
Digital wildlife photography summer workshops
Starts 17 Jun 2017 10am

The complete set of all 4 of our digital wildlife photography workshops. Understand your camera and learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own digital camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to take beautiful photographs of wildlife.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up. Each workshop is designed to build up your knowledge and confidence in photography.
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Starts 17 Jun 2017 10am

The complete set of all 4 of our digital wildlife photography workshops. Understand your camera and learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own digital camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to take beautiful photographs of wildlife.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up. Each workshop is designed to build up your knowledge and confidence in photography.

£240.00 £216.00 Add to basket
Dockens Water at Blashford Lakes
Digital wildlife photography basics 1
17 Jun 2017 10am - 4pm

Learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:
  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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17 Jun 2017 10am – 4pm

Learn to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:

  • Exposure
  • Focal Length
  • Camera Settings
  • The technology and techniques used in nature photography

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Wild Flowers of the Test Valley
Wild Flowers of the Test Valley
23 Jun 2017 10am – 3pm
Chalk Downland and Wet Meadow wild flowers are at their best in June, join Susan Simmonds to take a closer look at two contrasting habitats in the beautiful Test Valley. We’ll look at both wet meadow and chalk downland plants at Chilbolton Common and West Down using a combination of FSC keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key to introduce and practice our identification skills. In a day of observation, discussion and practical activities you will learn:
  • An overview of the chalk downland
  • An overview of wet meadow habitat
  • The wild flowers you would expect to see in these habitats
  • Introducing or improving ID skills in the field using various keys.
We’ll look at both wet meadow and chalk downland plants at Chilbolton Common and West Down using a combination of FSC keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key to introduce and practice our identification skills.
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23 Jun 2017 10am – 3pm

Chalk Downland and Wet Meadow wild flowers are at their best in June, join Susan Simmonds to take a closer look at two contrasting habitats in the beautiful Test Valley.

We’ll look at both wet meadow and chalk downland plants at Chilbolton Common and West Down using a combination of FSC keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key to introduce and practice our identification skills.

In a day of observation, discussion and practical activities you will learn:

  • An overview of the chalk downland
  • An overview of wet meadow habitat
  • The wild flowers you would expect to see in these habitats
  • Introducing or improving ID skills in the field using various keys.

We’ll look at both wet meadow and chalk downland plants at Chilbolton Common and West Down using a combination of FSC keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key to introduce and practice our identification skills.

£60.00 Add to basket
Digital wildlife photography basics 2
Digital wildlife photography basics 2
24 Jun 2017 10am – 4pm

Improve your camera skills to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:
  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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24 Jun 2017 10am – 4pm

Improve your camera skills to create beautiful wildlife photographs. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to use the functions and settings you will need to improve your photography.

Your tutor John Combes is an experienced wildlife photographer and lecturer will teach you about the equipment and techniques used by nature photographers from the basics up including:

  • Depth of Field
  • White balance
  • Noise
  • Processing
  • Composition

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

£60.00 Add to basket
Digital wildlife photography macro
Digital wildlife photography macro
1 Jul 2017 10am – 4pm

Capture eye-catching wildlife photographs in incredible detail. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects. After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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1 Jul 2017 10am – 4pm

Capture eye-catching wildlife photographs in incredible detail. Bring your own camera, whether it is a digital SLR, bridge or compact camera and learn how to take amazing macro (close up) photographs of wildlife. Macro photography is a great way to explore the beauty of wildlife in amazing detail.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for macro photography and techniques to capture highly detailed, sharp and well-focused images of insects, plants and other small wildlife subjects.
After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

£60.00 Add to basket
Wild flower identification for improvers
Wild flower identification for improvers
7 Jul 2017 10am – 3pm
Improve your wild flower identification skills on our relaxed, 1 day Wild flower Identification for improvers course. You will spend the day on a beautiful chalk downland site practising and improving your wild flower identification skills. Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of FSC plant keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key book you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for improvers course will cover:
  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat including what we would expect to see
  • Improving wildflower identification skills using various keys and a hand lens
During the Wildflower identification for improvers course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.
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7 Jul 2017 10am – 3pm

Improve your wild flower identification skills on our relaxed, 1 day Wild flower Identification for improvers course. You will spend the day on a beautiful chalk downland site practising and improving your wild flower identification skills.

Through observation, discussion and hands-on use of FSC plant keys and The Francis Rose Wildflower Key book you will practice plant identification in the field. The wild flower identification for improvers course will cover:

  • An overview of the chalk downland habitat including what we would expect to see
  • Improving wildflower identification skills using various keys and a hand lens

During the Wildflower identification for improvers course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including very steep, possibly slippery slopes and bending or kneeling to look at plants.

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Digital wildlife photography birds
Digital wildlife photography birds
15 Jul 2017 10am – 4pm

Explore the beauty of wild birds through photography. Bring your own camera, whether it is a DSLR or bridge camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of birds. Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of them with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings. After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day. Please note: This workshop is unsuitable for compact cameras. Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.  
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15 Jul 2017 10am – 4pm

Explore the beauty of wild birds through photography. Bring your own camera, whether it is a DSLR or bridge camera and learn how to take beautiful photographs of birds. Birds are fascinating creatures to watch and taking photographs of them with their quick movements is challenging but rewarding.

This workshop will teach you how to use your camera settings for bird photography and the techniques to take stunning photographs of birds in their natural surroundings.

After the indoor session you will get a chance to practise what you have learned by taking photographs round our Blashford Lakes reserve near Ringwood and take part in an informal and constructive review of the images in an indoor session at the end of the day.

Please note: This workshop is unsuitable for compact cameras.

Join all 4 workshops and get 10% off, you can book through our shop, call us on 01489 774406 or email courses@hiwwt.org.uk and pay just £216 for all 4 photography workshops.

 

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Dragonfly & Damselfly Surveying Techniques
Dragonfly & Damselfly Surveying Techniques
26 July 2017 9.30am to 4.30pm
This course is an introduction to dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) for beginners and intermediates, including their ecology, life history and the surveying of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK. Learn about the fascinating aerial acrobats of the insect world.
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26 July 2017 9.30am to 4.30pm

This course is an introduction to dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) for beginners and intermediates, including their ecology, life history and the surveying of dragonflies and damselflies in the UK. Learn about the fascinating aerial acrobats of the insect world.

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Management of Chalk Rivers
Management of Chalk Rivers
7 Sep 2017 9:30am – 5:30pm
Our Management of chalk rivers course is a 1 day informative and practical introduction to the ecology and management of chalk river habitats including classroom sessions, practical demonstrations and a field visit to two chalk river sites. You will learn about:
  • The ecology of chalk rivers
  • Key wildlife species of the chalk river environment
  • Management issues and techniques
  • Visit examples of restoration techniques used by the Wildlife Trust in past projects.
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7 Sep 2017 9:30am – 5:30pm

Our Management of chalk rivers course is a 1 day informative and practical introduction to the ecology and management of chalk river habitats including classroom sessions, practical demonstrations and a field visit to two chalk river sites. You will learn about:

  • The ecology of chalk rivers
  • Key wildlife species of the chalk river environment
  • Management issues and techniques
  • Visit examples of restoration techniques used by the Wildlife Trust in past projects.
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Bushcraft introduction weekend course shelters
Bushcraft Introduction Weekend
Starts 30 Sep 2017 10am

Spend a fun weekend immersed in the world of bushcraft and learn survival techniques on our weekend bushcraft course

On this 2 day 1 night course you will learn and practice:
  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Erecting natural and manmade shelters
  • Cordage and pot hanger making
  • Meat preparation and outdoor cooking
  • Knife safety and sharpening
  • Edible and medicinal plant ID
We will provide an array of shelters for you to sleep in – some natural which we will make together and some manmade. If you would like to bring your own shelter/tent then please feel free to do so and you will have time to put it up throughout the day.
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Starts 30 Sep 2017 10am

Spend a fun weekend immersed in the world of bushcraft and learn survival techniques on our weekend bushcraft course

On this 2 day 1 night course you will learn and practice:

  • Fire lighting techniques
  • Erecting natural and manmade shelters
  • Cordage and pot hanger making
  • Meat preparation and outdoor cooking
  • Knife safety and sharpening
  • Edible and medicinal plant ID

We will provide an array of shelters for you to sleep in – some natural which we will make together and some manmade. If you would like to bring your own shelter/tent then please feel free to do so and you will have time to put it up throughout the day.

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Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
Wildlife Tracks Signs and Owl Pellets
7 Oct 2017 9.30am - 12.30pm
Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills. Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner. You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within. Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?  
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7 Oct 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

Who left that there? Hone your nature detective skills.

Learn how to identify animal tracks and signs and discover what owls have for dinner.

You will spend part of the morning indoors looking at various feathers and dissecting owl pellets to identify the small mammal bones within.

Later you will go outside with the group to look for the tracks and signs that wildlife leave and make plaster casts of the tracks. You will discover how to identify the animal that left them and ask those burning questions like, just what is otter spraint and did a water vole make that latrine?

 

£35.00 Add to basket
Forest School photo by Nat Light
Forest School Training Level 3 Hampshire
Starts 9 October 2017 FULLY BOOKED
Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course. Training Week:  Monday 9 October 2017 – Friday 13 October 2017 Portfolio Days: Friday 16 February 2018 & Friday 13 April 2018 Skills Weekend: Saturday 14 &  Sunday15 April 2018 Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands. Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning. The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.
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Starts 9 October 2017 FULLY BOOKED

Our Forest School Level 3 training course will enable you to develop and deliver a Forest School Programme for any age group. This LASER accredited Forest School Programme Leadership (QCF) Level 3 Certificate is a nationally recognised, in depth training course.

Training Week:  Monday 9 October 2017 – Friday 13 October 2017

Portfolio Days: Friday 16 February 2018 & Friday 13 April 2018

Skills Weekend: Saturday 14 &  Sunday15 April 2018

Forest School is an inspirational process that offers children, young people and adults of all abilities regular opportunities to gain confidence and raise self-worth through a series of hands-on learning experiences in school grounds and local woodlands.

Comprising an exciting combination of practical outdoor skills and child development theory our Forest School Level 3 training is taught with the ethos behind the Forest School approach to child led learning.

The Forest School Level 3 course is run on Forest School principles and will prepare you to become a Forest School Leader. The Level 3 course will enable you to set up your own Forest School including delivering, planning and monitoring all aspects of a Forest School programme. All our Forest School courses are delivered on our beautiful woodland reserves in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight by our qualified, professional staff.

£895.00 SOLD OUT
Whats That Tree in Autumn
Whats That Tree in Autumn
13 Oct 2017 9.30am - 12.30pm
Our autumn tree identification course will give you memorable tips on how to identify our native trees and shrubs. Autumn is a time of change for our wildlife and the transformation of many tree and shrub species can be remarkable. You will be spending the morning outdoors at Harewood Forest near Andover learning identification tips. You will discover how to tell the difference between live tree and shrub species in autumn by learning the distinctive shapes of leaves as well as learning about the different fruits, barks and even the location of the plant. During the course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.  
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13 Oct 2017 9.30am – 12.30pm

Our autumn tree identification course will give you memorable tips on how to identify our native trees and shrubs.

Autumn is a time of change for our wildlife and the transformation of many tree and shrub species can be remarkable. You will be spending the morning outdoors at Harewood Forest near Andover learning identification tips. You will discover how to tell the difference between live tree and shrub species in autumn by learning the distinctive shapes of leaves as well as learning about the different fruits, barks and even the location of the plant.

During the course you will be walking at least 3 miles on uneven terrain including hilly places, a short but steep slope and rough, sometimes muddy tracks.

 

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Astronomy for Beginners
Astronomy for Beginners
1, 8, 15 & 22 Nov 2017 7pm - 9pm
Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? We are running a 4 week course suitable for beginners that will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye. This course is taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers. You will learn all the skills that you need to start your astronomy adventure, each week if the night is clear you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!) This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.  You will learn: Week 1:  What is Astronomy? Week 2: Observing Equipment  Week 3: Deep Space Week 4: The Solar System 
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1, 8, 15 & 22 Nov 2017 7pm – 9pm

Would you like to learn about the night sky, recognising constellations, understanding the solar system and deep space? We are running a 4 week course suitable for beginners that will help you to learn more about the amazing night sky as well as how to use the equipment needed to see what is not visible with the naked eye.

This course is taught by Stephen Tonkin of Fordingbridge Astronomers. You will learn all the skills that you need to start your astronomy adventure, each week if the night is clear you will have the opportunity to put what you have learnt into practice with an observation session, of about 1 hour (it gets a little chilly after that!)

This course is run in a small group so there is plenty of opportunity to tap into Stephen’s expertise and you will receive lots of guidance throughout the course.  You will learn:

Week 1:  What is Astronomy?

Week 2: Observing Equipment 

Week 3: Deep Space

Week 4: The Solar System 

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