BSc Ecology and Wildlife Conservation


For students wanting a career in ecology or wildlife conservation opportunities to learn under field conditions are essential. We genuinely believe that there is no other similar course in the UK that offers as much field and associated laboratory work as the Ecology and Wildlife Conservation programme at Reading. Several taught modules are wholly or mostly based in the field (excluding residential field courses). Of course, we are fortunate to be able to work on a campus that offers such large areas of meadows, semi-natural woodland and lakes. At the time of writing 123 bird species have been recorded from the campus and over 1000 (and rising) species in total.

In addition to the fieldwork scattered throughout the Autumn and Spring terms you have the opportunity to attend one or more residential field courses.

Part 2.

Biodiversity Field Course: Southern Spain

Tropical Field Ecology: Madagascar (places limited)

Part 3.

Spanish Biodiversity Field course if you went to Madagascar in Part 2.

Captive Animal Management: Jersey

Part 2 or Part 3.

Two further modules run once every two years so that all students have an opportunity to attend either during Part 2 or Part 3.

Practical Wildlife Reserve Management: Southern Africa

Landscape and Environmental Management: Devon

Project dissertation work

Tropical fieldwork in MadagascarWe currently offer several students the opportunity to carry out their project work in South Africa on topics such as leopard conservation. We are working on extending these opportunities from 2015.

We are constantly working to extend our field course provision. In addition personnel in the School of Agriculture are considering options in Ireland, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. As part of our teaching and learning review we are considering extending the Part 2 option to include a field course to Devon.

NB: We do not run the overseas field courses as straight forward safaris. This is something that you can do with your parents. Employers will demand that you do more than this with such an opportunity so you will be expected to carry out project work, collect data, to attend and deliver seminars, perfect survey techniques and species identification skills.

Quotes from students regarding the Madagascar field trip:

"A once in a lifetime opportunity, organised brilliantly so there was no stress or hassle."

"This trip was amazing. Truly a trip of a lifetime."

"Absolutely fantastic! I've learnt so much in such a short space of time."

"Fantastic field course! Lots of different species, interesting habitats, amazing country."

"Leant a vast amount through 'hands on' learning and putting theory into practice."

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