University Centre Reaseheath’s Animal Science undergraduates travelled around South West England to develop their field skills with a variety of wild animal species as part of their degree.
First and second year students visited Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to study bats, beavers, birds, reptiles and more, by conducting a range of ecological surveys and supporting a range of local conservation initiatives.
The field trips are designed to develop and hone students’ skills and knowledge in field biology, to enhance their professional development and to help them become increasingly competitive for graduate employment.
The field trips around the South-West take place every year as part of the Animal Science degree course, as the area is well-known for its bio-diversity. University Centre Reaseheath also collaborates with many conservation and wildlife non-government organisations within the region, including the Reptile & Amphibian Group for Somerset, the Axe Estuary Bird Ringing Group and the Cornwall Beaver Project.
The Higher Education faculty run a variety of domestic and international field courses for undergraduates, including such destinations as Edinburgh, Costa Rica and South Africa.
Higher Education Advanced Practitioner, Kevin Palmer said: “Our suite of field courses offers bespoke opportunities for students to continue their professional development towards seeking employment within the sectors of Conservation Science, Animal Behaviour and Animal Management.
“The field courses give students the chance to both develop and apply their competencies, skills and knowledge, often in a novel and challenging environment, where they are fortunate to work with a wide variety of fantastic wildlife species but also network with industry professionals.”
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