The range of habitats on our doorstep makes courses at our centres ideal for teaching biological recording, taxonomic skills and field techniques as well as key ecological concepts such as succession, zonation and ecological energetics.

Each of our centres will be able to offer a different suite of habitats which can include freshwater, woodland, mountain, upland and limestone grassland, mires, moorland and the marine habitats listed above.

Some centres have additional facilities such as a sea-going research vessel at FSC Millport and FSC Dale Fort has access to boat hire for collecting plankton and other near-shore samples.

All our courses offer:

  • Fully Covid-secure centres
  • High quality field sites – either within walking distance or a short drive away
  • Fully risk assessed field sites with prior access agreements for all FSC delivery
  • Well equipped, WiFi enabled classrooms, lecture rooms and laboratories
  • Range of field equipment, microscopes and species identification guides

Course content on university trips can be entirely taught by FSC staff or co-taught with university staff whilst FSC tutors are able to lead the fieldwork component or to provide specialist lectures. Alternatively, courses can be completely self-taught by university staff using our centres as a base. You are welcome to a free pre-visit to help plan your course.

“Many thanks for again being excellent hosts for our fieldtrip. As always everyone was super helpful and nice, and the facilities were of a high standard. The steps taken to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections were as good as they could be, and the students very quickly felt safe because of this. From what I can tell, the students very much enjoyed their trip, which came this year with a dose of normality. Your efforts were very much appreciated.”

Dr Adam Bates, who visited FSC Dale Fort with Nottingham Trent University students on an Ecology fieldtrip in September 2020.
  • Close up of a Biology student measuring a shell