For over 50 years, Slapton Ley has been the source of valuable research data for universities. There are many research projects underway at any time. Some of them, like the Slapton Catchment Hydrology Project, the longest-running project of its kind in the UK, require long-term recording of data. Other studies have specific short-term aims like the re-introduction of Strapwort.

Placement Opportunities

Slapton Ley Field Centre and National Nature Reserve welcomes applictions from both undergraduates and postgraduates wishing to enhance their studies with a placement period. We would be happy to hear from students wishing to secure a placement for anything from a few weeks to 9 months. 

Placements may be sought for students undertaking a range of studies including conservation, ecology, landscape systems, countryside management and other related subjects. In addition, the Field Centre would be interested to hear from students interested in teaching and learning focused placements, or any mixture of the above.

A placement at Slapton Ley can offer students the following: 

  • A rich and varied experience of work in the outdoor learning sector, working alongside experienced tutors to provide high quality field courses.
  • Monitoring and surveying the diverse range of habitats held within the National Nature Reserve, working alongside a team of staff and volunteers.
  • Hands on maintenance of footpaths and trails in and around the National Nature Reserve.
  • Experience of working as part of a dynamic and enthusiastic team.
  • Time spent in the beautiful surrounds of Slapton, living as part of its community*.

If you would be interested in applying for a placement, please email details of your current study and area of interest to [email protected].

*We may be able to offer a live in option for placement students, upon request and subject to accommodation availability.

Research Seminar

Saturday 12th November 2022

2022 will see the research seminar return after a three year absence. The seminar will be based around three themes:

  • The benefits of nature on wellbeing
  • The impact of climate change on Slapton National Nature Reserve
  • Habitat Management

We are looking for anyone with relevant research looking at our location now as it stands and future climate change scenarios.
Anyone wishing to submit papers to this seminar, please do so by emailing [email protected].
Submissions close 1st August 2022

Further details about booking places to attend the events, including accommodation and prices, will be available soon on the Field Studies Council website and we will include updates in our newsletter.

Find out more about this year’s event and how you can contribute.

Research Libary

Slapton Research Library contains a vast amount of information ranging from research papers and journals to university research and monitoring records.

Search the database from the Field Studies Council website to find the article you need. If you find an article of interest please contact the Field Centre for further assistance.

Please follow this link to search the Research Library catalogue on the Field Studies Council website and follow this link to find Field Studies Journal papers for Slapton Ley.

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