Field trips

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We strongly believe that, as well as hearing about things in lectures, you should have the opportunity to see and do them.

Here's some information on some of the field trips we run.

Uganda field trip

You'll spend around ten days of this two-week trip at the Makerere University Biological Field Station (MUBFS) in the forest of Kibale National Park. The focus of the trip is tropical ecology and conservation and you'll collect data on a range of species, from plants and insects to birds and mammals.

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Learn to dive

The ability to scuba dive is an important practical skill for marine biologists, and on this field trip you'll gain the internationally recognised PADI Open Water Diver certification. You could also make the most of your time on the field trip and take the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, gaining two certifications in one week.

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Dutch zoo enclosure design

This field course takes you to the Netherlands to visit four very different Dutch zoos: Rotterdam, Amersfoort, Burgers, and Apenhuel Primate Park.

A well-designed zoo enclosure accounts for the needs of the animals it houses, and those of the keepers and the viewing public.

Our field course provides the opportunity to see a wide variety of world-class zoo enclosures, and will teach you how the needs of the animals, keepers, and viewing public are taken into account when designing new ones.

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Millport Marine Research Station

Millport is a final year week-long residential field trip to the Field Studies Council facility at Millport, Isle of Great Cumbrae, off the west coast of Scotland. As a bespoke marine biology research site with fully equipped teaching rooms, aquarium and library with on-site accommodation, the station carries out beam trawls, plankton trawls and benthic grabs to study the marine life in the Firth of Clyde.

You'll experience British marine biology at its very best in terms of fauna, flora, scenery and facilities, with access to one of the oldest bespoke marine libraries in the country.

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Isle of Rum (Inner Hebrides)

The Isle of Rum is a National Nature Reserve and we see a variety of vertebrate life in a remote island location that very few people get the chance to visit. Our visit is timed to coincide with the autumn red deer rut, in which stags display and fight for territory and females. Here, you'll get a taste of British wildlife at its wildest.

You'll visit the nesting grounds of the Manx shearwater, a globally threatened seabird with very important colonies in the Hebrides. Other highlights often include cetaceans (porpoises and occasionally minke whales from the ferry), grey seals, otters (if we're lucky!), sea eagles and golden eagles.

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North Devon

This trip is part of the module ‘Field Skills in Biology’ and will provide you with an opportunity to develop skills in various components of field biology. It will introduce you to the research methods necessary for conducting fieldwork in temperate habitats including how to identify UK fauna and flora, and planning and conducting a research project.

More information about the North Devon field trip