Beyond the labs

We take advantage of our natural surrounding to create amazing fieldwork experiences in addition to opportunities to travel the world with residential overseas field trips.

  • Spain

    Home to over 1500 species of plants, 400 species of birds and 50 terrestrial mammals, Doñana National Park, is one of the most critical biodiversity hotspots in Europe. You will explore the diversity of the habitat and organisms living in the area, and you’ll gain an understanding of the role of the National Park in conservation efforts and also practical experience of identification, critical observation and accurate recording of plants, invertebrates and animals.

  • Kenya

    Based in the beautiful Rift Valley, you’ll explore the staggering biodiversity of local aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, at the same time considering how best to monitor and protect it. Working with experts in African ecology, you will gain first-hand experience of the ecological processes and conservation issues common to the tropics. Together, we will evaluate the challenging balance between tropical conservation and human activity.

  • Cornwall

    Explore the flora, fauna and soil ecology of Cornwall, and learn about the conservation efforts to restore the region's natural habitats. Students will have guided tours of the Eden Project and gain practical fieldwork skills by undertaking plant and nesting bird surveys. Excursions will give students the opportunity to undertake hands-on activities looking at habitat degradations and restorations, and developing the ability to identify, record and characterise plant, bird and marine species.

  • Switzerland

    This is an intensive week-long residential field trip to south-west Switzerland. You will collect significant amounts of field data and focus on one of six interconnected study themes, spanning: alpine climate and hydrology; glacial processes; alpine rivers; streams; soils; and ecosystems. You will gain an in-depth understanding of a particular thematic focus of alpine environments.

  • Scotland

    The ecology field course to Mull provides a chance to experience some amazing landscapes, from mountains to coasts, and to learn about the ecology of key plant and animal species. Each day you'll visit a variety of sites including mountains, rocky coastlines, fertile shell-sand beaches and heather moorland, with the aim of understanding the landscape, the place of key species within it, and conservation and management issues.

  • Brazil

    The Amazon is a fascinating place to explore the conservation and development challenges facing tropical forests. Based in the lower Rio Negro region, you will see a range of beautiful tropical wildlife and visit people's homes and agricultural plots to understand the challenges faced by local people. This is a unique opportunity to work alongside experts and understand the challenges of pursuing biodiversity conservation while reducing poverty.