Fieldwork - Biological Sciences - University of Derby

Conservation Biology and Ecology fieldwork

See tropical conservation at its best in Singapore We look in detail at conservation plans affecting a range of habitats on this small island.

You will have opportunities to take part in fieldwork in many interesting places across the UK and abroad, which helps to bring the theory to life. You could go on a seal watch on the east coast, study animal interaction at Twycross Zoo, spend a week undertaking a project in Majorca or study how plants adapt to their environment at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

Below you will see some highlights of fieldtrips you could go on:

Kew Gardens

During stage two of BSc (Hons) Biology, you'll get the chance to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew as part of your studies. You'll get to see all of the different ways that plants adapt to their environments whether they live in wet tropics or dry tropics. You'll also discover the many ways in which we use plants and their significance to us.

Take a look at our image gallery for the fieldtrip

Twycross Zoo

As part of your second year for BSc Biology and BSc Zoology, you'll have the chance to take a visit to Twycross Zoo as part of the module Biological Basis of Animal Behaviour. You'll have the chance to observe how the different animals interact with each other and their environment.

Jungles of Singapore

Every year our MSc Conservation Biology students undertake some field work out in Singapore. As a student, you'll be introduced to the primary rainforest with its giant trees and its exotic animals. You'll see how primary forest is affected by logging and its subsequent recovery and you'll also visit a wetland reserve to see mangrove communities including mudskippers, horseshoe crabs and water-monitor lizards. You'll spend whole days walking in tropical forests, a day in the mangroves and a day by the seashore allowing you to witness conservation at first hand.

Puerto Pollenca, Mallorca

Our second year students attend a field trip to the town of Puerto Pollenca, in North-East Mallorca as part of the BSc Biology/Zoology module "Field Biology" (5BY510).

The module explains how plants and animals are specifically adapted to the Mediterranean environment, as an introduction and background to the main aim, which is to offer training in practical field techniques for ecological studies, in the stunning setting of spring Mallorca. This way, students have the opportunity to discover how organisms are adapted to their environment, and how they are integrated into that particular system. 

Take a look at our image gallery for the fieldtrip