This course provides an opportunity for school with low student numbers to join together. This 4-day fieldwork course offers the opportunity for students to tackle different fieldwork enquiries across a range of dynamic habitats.

Students will gain first-hand experience of all the required sampling techniques (ST) and gain in-depth understanding of all required methodologies (Me).

Students will the opportunity to use a variety of specialist fieldwork equipment useful to the study of Environmental Science including moth and mammal traps and infiltrometers.

Enquiries will be set within an environmental context enabling students to gain a broad and deep understanding of real-world Environmental Science.

Mathematical skills and the use of GIS will encourage students to interrogate and manipulate fieldwork data.

This course price includes in-course transport, whilst at the centre.

Due to safeguarding reasons we are unable to let adult learners attend these courses. To ensure safety all U18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on residential courses, eg teacher or parent.

The cost of this course is VAT exempt, including in-course transport to field sites. Lunch on the first day is not included, but is on the final day. Staff are charged at half the student rate plus VAT, 1 staff member per school.

Tutor: Field Studies Council Staff

Courses are led by experienced Field Studies Council staff.

Example Timetable

Moth and/or mammal trapping to be completed one evening and following morning.

Day 1


Students will be greeted by their tutor, with a welcome talk followed by a brief tour of the centre.
There will be the time to settle into rooms and to eat lunch brought from home.


Investigating how species presence, abundance and diversity change over time.


Data analysis
Using their data from their succession investigation, students will construct a scatter-graph before completing a Spearman’s Rank Correlation Co-efficient.

Day 2


Populations of organisms
Estimating the population size of an organism in a habitat (Lincoln Index)
Investigating differences in invertebrate communities in two contrasting areas.


Carbon cycle
Investigating differences in carbon storage and sequestration between two contrasting areas of woodland


Data analysis
Graphical and statistical methods will be used to present and analyse data from the two investigations.
Students will consider the real-world significance of their data with links to sustainability and the carbon cycle

Day 3


Populations of organisms
Continued from Day 2
Investigating how rates of infiltration vary between contrasting areas
Data analysis if time allows

Course finishes at 12:00

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch