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    Learn Zoology in the field

Field courses

Zoology is a field with very practical elements, and as part of your degree you can learn survey and census techniques, develop species identification skills with field guides and keys, record your observations in field diaries, and carry out research projects.

Learning to work in the field will give you the experience and knowledge to stand out in the world of zoology. Our field courses give you a fantastic opportunity to use and develop your skills.

Courses abroad

treefrogThis degree offers you the chance to study animals in their habitats around the world, with courses in amazing and inspiring locations including Sweden, Spain and Southern Africa.  Our tropical biology field course runs every year to a destination such as Ecuador and Galapagos, Borneo and Java, or Madagascar. These courses give you the opportunity to pick up essential working skills and see a different part of the world. Places on field courses are limited and cannot be guaranteed, but we highly recommend every Zoology student should go on at least one and most students find their field experiences a high point of their degree.

Courses at home

A fox on the Whiteknights campus

In your second year, you can choose to take an eight-day residential course at the beautiful National Nature Reserve in Slapton Ley, Devon. Visiting habitats as varied as rivers, lakes, meadows, woodlands and a craggy shore, you will observe, trap, sample and record animals including mammals, birds and marine life.

We also offer a residential course based in Sussex. Based at the RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Hospital and the nearby Elms Farm, this course involves field and laboratory sessions to teach study techniques such as radio tracking, capture-mark-recapture and bird ringing and sign surveys. Most of the work is carried out with small rodents and insectivores. Elms farm is an internationally-recognised bird-ringing centre - an excellent place to learn.

Please note that there are additional costs for all field courses. Get in touch with us for more information.


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