Make 2020 the year when you get closer to nature

, 30 December 2019
Make 2020 the year when you get closer to nature
© Hugh Clark FRPS

By Michael Blencowe

Senior Learning and Engagement Officer

2020 Adult Education Courses

Sussex Wildlife Trust is the leading provider of environmental education courses in Sussex and each year we organise a packed programme of almost 100 courses. The courses are taught at locations across the county with many based at our Woods Mill education centre and nature reserve in the centre of Sussex.  

2020 is going to be another exciting year and we have a wide range of courses from Beetles and basket-making to hedge-laying and Hedgehogs.

Whether learning for career development, starting a new hobby or just looking for an interesting and enjoyable day out in Sussex we have plenty to offer.

There are plenty of courses teaching you more about the amazing wildlife that can be found in the county. There are special opportunities to watch Badgers emerging from their setts at dusk (23,27,29 April, 6,11 May and 8,10,15 June) on our ‘An Evening with Badgers’ course.  There’s the chance to learn more about other Sussex mammals too including Small Mammals(24 April), Bats (16 May), Hazel Dormouse (7 August) and Harvest Mouse (26 September). In 2020 we have added new courses looking at the lives of Hedgehogs (10 August) and Water Voles (24 September).

The fascinating world of insects and other invertebrates is explored in courses on Beetles (22 May), Bees (6 June), Stag Beetles (16 June), Spiders (19 June), Dragonflies (27 June), Glow-worms (3 July), Butterflies (4 July), Moths (4 July), True Bugs (7 August) and Molluscs (21 August).

We’ll be running our popular 5-month ‘Introduction to Birds and Birdwatching’ (starting 21 January) but there are other opportunities to learn more about the county’s diverse birdlife in a series of other courses too. Find out more about Birds of Farmland (1 April), Birdsong (17 April), Birds of Woodland (20 April), Birds of Heathland (8 May), Nightingales (18 May), Warblers (20 May), Nightjars (12 June), Owls (6,9,14,16 September and 7 November), Birds of the Coast (16 September), Raptors (13 October), Waders (16 & 23 October) and Gulls (4 December).

Sussex Wildlife Trust also runs many practical courses giving you the chance to learn a new skill. The programme starts on 29 February with a day learning all about coppicing in woodlands. There are also courses on Willow basket making (7/14 March), Scything (25 July), Whittling (1 August), Hedge-laying (7 November) and Green Woodworking (5 December).

Photographers will want to learn how to get some great nature pictures on our special 20 day courses with wildlife photography expert David Plummer (18 & 19 April, 13 & 14 June and 26 & 27 September). Our Mindfulness courses always prove popular and Alistair Duncan uses the ancient woodland at Woods Mill as the venue to help you relax in nature (30 May & 11 July).
I say this every year but our courses are becoming more and more popular and many become fully booked very quickly. We try our best to add extra dates if we have the capacity but this is not always possible. So, my advice is don’t leave it too late to book! I look forward to seeing you on our courses in the coming year. Make 2020 the year when you get closer to nature!

2020 Adult Education Courses

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  • Pamela Chaston:

    Do you have any details for what is on during school holidays (especially Feb half term and Easter)? NOT the Holiday Club. We have brought our grandsons to events at Woods Mill when they come to stay with us. They went on a Meadowsweep one summer and did the Halloween walk , campfire etc last October and thoroughly enjoyed both events. Any chance of Pond dipping?

    02 Jan 2020 11:39:00

  • Clare Wilson:

    Hi, Any british reptile courses this year?

    02 Jan 2020 12:47:00

  • Lee Bamsey:

    Interested in courses in Rye/Hastings area

    02 Jan 2020 13:01:00

  • Jo Bevan:

    A great programme of courses for the year ahead! Have you got anything else planned for East Sussex ? I lives in Hastings and events are a bit far away!



    02 Jan 2020 17:18:00

  • mary boorman:

    I interested in courses – will you be listing costs soon too please /

    02 Jan 2020 19:16:00

  • @Pamela – This kind of event can be found in our Family Event category

    03 Jan 2020 17:16:00

  • @Clare – we don’t have any reptile courses, but we are running a walk at Old Lodge nature reserve, where you should be able to see lots of snakes and lizards

    03 Jan 2020 17:20:00

  • @ Lee & @ Jo – we have an extensive programme of walks and courses at Rye Harbour Nature Reserve throughout 2020

    03 Jan 2020 17:23:00

  • @ Mary Boorman – if you click the courses name in the blog, it will link to more information about that event, including prices

    03 Jan 2020 17:24:57