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Field courses: Easter Vacation 2018


Students have the opportunity of attending three one-week field courses held away from Cambridge in the Easter Vacation. Students who are eligible will have to pay a fee which will be £50. For more information please email

Aim: To provide an introduction to the biology, ecology and diversity of organisms in natural habitats. To enable students to study, in their natural habitats, some of the organisms discussed during the lectures, and to illustrate some of the concepts, such as adaptive morphology and behaviour covered in the rest of the course. Students are encouraged to do some work on their own, and to discuss this orally during the course.

Applying for a course: Both field courses were found to be very valuable and enjoyable by those who attended in recent years (see below), and all students are urged to give careful consideration to attending one of the courses. Information on how to apply and advice to help you decide which course will best suit your interests will be available in practical sessions in the second half of the Michaelmas term. The application form will be available on Moodle, and the closing date for receipt of completed forms will be the second Friday of the Lent term. As there are a limited number of places on the courses, should one or more of the courses be over-subscribed, places will be allocated on a lottery basis.

Easter Vacation Field Courses 2018

Orielton, Pembrokeshire  14 - 21 April 2018 Dr David Aldridge and Dr Sam Brockington
Slapton Ley, Devon 16 - 23 March 2018 Dr Ed Turner and Dr David Coomes

Student comments on previous courses:

woodThe course was wonderful. The work was well-pitched, without too much formal lecturing or pressure, and practical work was fascinating and well worth it. There haven't been many weeks when I've learned so much without noticing it! Full marks!

The course was really useful and I learned a lot from it. I especially enjoyed the project, as it was good to design and carry out our own experiments.

Flexible formatting allowing individuals to develop specific fields of interest was ideal.

Learnt more from this one week about the diversity of animals than I did from all the lectures.

Greatly enjoyed the fieldwork especially, helpful and fitted in with the course well. Keep it up! Keep it going!