City Lit

The world of invertebrates

City Lit
In London

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Meet the most diverse group of animals on the planet: the invertebrates. This course will introduce you to the vast spectrum of invertebrate life. Discover a startling range of appearances, adaptations, feeding behaviours and reproductive strategies. Then view some remarkable specimens at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. The first 2 and a half hours take place at City Lit. There will then be a break of an hour and a half during which time you need to make your own way to the Natural History Museum ready to meet with the tutor for the second session in the museum.

Brenna Boyle (B.Sc Hons Dunelm, M.Sc DIC) is a zoologist, wildlife guide and environmental teacher. She runs Wild Capital, London's wildlife discovery service, and also works for two urban environmental education charities.

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Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA, London, England
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Keeley Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 4BA, London, England
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· What are the objectives of this course?

• Convey the global diversity of invertebrates
• Explain why so much variety exists
• Discuss key elements of invertebrate ecology
• Describe 5 of the most amazing invertebrate adaptations
• Identify 10 charismatic London invertebrates
• Visit the Natural History Museum with increased awareness and enjoyment in the collections
• Know the next steps you can take to further your interest.

· Requirements

Bring a notepad and pen. You will need to pay for your travel between City Lit and the Natural History Museum.

· What marks this course apart?

Tutor presentation, video, discussion, group tasks, individual tasks, questions and answers, viewing zoological specimens at the Natural History Museum.


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Course programme

• What is an invertebrate
• Evolution of invertebrates
• Invertebrate diversity across the world
• Appearance; warning colouration, camouflage, mimicry
• Feeding; carnivores, herbivores, detritivores, parasites
• Reproduction; solitary, colony, parasitic
• Adaptations for survival in every habitat
• Top ten London invertebrates
• Enjoying the invertebrate collection at the Natural History Museum
• Furthering your interest.

Additional information

HS029 Wild London: spring
HS122 Discover the South London Botanical Institute.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit 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

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