Field courses

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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 courses we run.

Tropical Ecology

You'll spend around ten days at a field site in the tropics, observing and studying a wide range of animals and plants and gaining insight into biodiversity. You'll collect data on a range of species, from plants and insects to birds and mammals. Although the trip is normally based in Africa, its exact location is not always the same and has included Kenya, Tanzania, South African and Uganda.

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Dahab/Sharm el Sheik 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 in one of the world's most stunning marine environments, the Red Sea. You could also make the most of your time in Egypt and take the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course, gaining two certifications in one week.

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Marsa Shagra coral reef survey

On this week-long dive field course you'll learn internationally recognised standard techniques for surveying fish, corals and other invertebrates such as giant clams, and measuring fish behaviour in one of the Red Sea's best reefs. It provides an ideal follow on from the Dahab/Sharm el Sheik learn-to-dive field course. Together they will take you from never having dived before, right through to providing you with the skills and experience required to survey marine life.

Marsa Shagra coral reef survey

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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More information about Millport

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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