Field trip to Puerto Pollenca, Mallorca

Our second year students attended a field trip in April, 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. 

Of the six full days spent in Mallorca, the first three are spent with set exercises where students investigate, for example, how snails deal with the day's heat, how ant-lions are adapted to catch their prey or how pollinators are attracted to different flower types. Additionally, the students also visit the Natural Park S’Albufera, a marshland that hosts a large community of wetland birds, terrapins, frogs, orchids and mosquitos. During the last three days, students investigate in groups of two, a ecological question that they developed themselves. They collect the data, using appropriate field methods, and later analyse the data and write a report.

Some of the projects included for example were, the dimensions of spiders’ orb webs; differences in populations of the European Wall gecko and the Mediterranean House gecko; emergence times of different butterfly species depending on their wing colour and wing span; size characteristics of specific plant species along an environmental gradient. 

  • Credit: Helen Bradley
  • This photo claimed 1st prize for general composition. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • This photo won a prize for best composition: Wall Gecko. Credit: Christopher Danks
  • The view from Boquer Valley to the sea. Credit: Christopher Danks
  • The view from Boquer Valley to the sea. Credit: Christopher Danks
  • A species of chafer beetle; sitting on a flower of a branched asphodel. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Common Blue Butterfly. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Common Blue Butterfly. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Crab spider sitting on a flower of narrow-leaved rockrose. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Wall gecko. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Wall gecko. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Green hairstreak butterfly. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Booted eagle. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Perez's frog. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Sardinia warbler. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Snail. This photo clamied our prize for the best animal photo along with the pictured of the Booted Eagle. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Carpenter bee on branched aspodel flower. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Italian gladiolus flower. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Reed in S'Albufera Natural Park. Credit: Helen Bradley
  • Speckled wood butterfly. Credit: Kerry Baker
  • Europ. mole cricket. Credit: Kerry Baker
  • Balearic form of Bertoloni's bee orchid. Credit: Kerry Baker
  • Snail. Credit: Kerry Baker
  • Prize for the best plant: Friar's cowl. Credit: Kerry Baker
  • Web of a Segestria sp. spider. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Spider with her brood. Credit: Alex D. Williams
  • Scorpion, picture taken under UV-light. Credit: Alex D. Williams

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