This course provides an opportunity for schools with low student numbers to tackle different fieldwork enquiries across a range of dynamic habitats.

Our environmental science courses offer:

  • First-hand experience of all the required sampling techniques (ST) to gain in-depth understanding of all required methodologies (Me).
  • 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 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 to encourage students to interrogate and manipulate fieldwork data.

Slapton Ley Field Centre is located on the Start Bay coast in South Devon and is surrounded by Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. The Ley is the largest natural freshwater lake in the South West and is separated from the sea by Slapton Sands, a barrier beach. The 214 hectare reserve has been managed by Slapton Ley for over 50 years as an “outdoor laboratory” for education and conservation, and boasts a rich mosaic of habitats including ancient and coppiced woodland, freshwater lake and stream, shingle ridge and rocky shore. The centre offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience a unique outdoor learning environment in combination with specialist teaching and facilities.

These courses are for groups of 9 or less students from any one school. Students must be accompanied by a responsible adult (usually a teacher from a school, but could be a parent/carer for an individual student).

The course price includes in-course transport, whilst at the centre, and is exempt from VAT.

Please bring your own packed lunch for the first day. All other meals are included up to a packed lunch on the last day.

Tutor: Field Studies Council Staff

Courses are led by experienced Field Studies Council staff.