Field Sites

Your research work at the Graduate School for the Environment may take you out to one of the many field sites linked to Lancaster Environment Centre, Rothamsted Research or the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.

Through Lancaster Environment Centre, you could find yourself working at a range of catchment science sites across England and Wales – with the facility in the River Eden Valley situated not far to the north of the city. Our students also have access to Hazelrigg Weather Station, which lies within easy reach of the campus, or they can travel much further afield to the tropical forests of the Amazon and Borneo.

Fieldwork has always been at the heart of the science conducted at Rothamsted Research. Today you can access a total of 700 hectares of experimental land, including our research arable farm in Harpenden and grazing livestock farm at North Wyke which includes the North Wyke Farm Platform, where three independent 25-hectare farms allow you to test hypotheses and technologies related to grazing livestock systems at a working farm level.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology also boasts an impressive array of fieldwork opportunities. We run a vast network of monitoring sites across the UK, looking at animal taxa, soils, vegetation, water, air chemistry, and meteorology. Some of our more notable sites include Wallingford Meteorological Station, Whim Bog, where we conduct long-term nitrogen experiments, Plynlimon where we monitor the headwaters of the River Severn, Moor House where experimental uplands research is conducted, and Auchencorth Moss where we run an atmospheric observatory.