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Biological SciencesUndergraduate study

Fieldwork in Biology, Ecology and Zoology

Fieldwork is an integral part of our Biology, Ecology and Zoology courses. Our students learn about the natural world first hand and many graduates say they are highlights of their time at Southampton.

BIOL1001 Experimental and Field Biology

Includes a 7-8 day residential field trip in Andalucia, Spain. This field work module provides an opportunity for students to get first hand experience of sampling, handling, identifying and studying organisms in the field. Spain has a diverse flora and fauna, which makes the course much more stimulating than any field trip in the UK.

BIOL2041 New Forest Field Course

This module will provide you with valuable ecological surveying and species identification techniques within the context of conservation priorities for a local and unique national park, the New Forest, through a series of day trips in order to complete a research project. You will be able to build on the taxonomic skills you gained in BIOL1001. You will focus on UK wildlife and identify to species level, a valuable employability skill, particularly if you are interested in pursuing a career in ecological consultancy.

BIOL3070 Tropical Ecology Field Course

The 14-day field course will take place in Belize, Central America at the Las Cuevas Research Station. This module will provide first-hand experience of ecological research in a tropical environment and give you a foundation in a range of topics including biodiversity, community ecology, ecosystem processes and conservation.


Undergraduate courses
Photo of Caitlin Ford
My favourite memory here was the 2-week field course I went on to Spain. I really enjoyed working in a field environment and it gave me a taste of what it is like to be a field scientist.
Caitlin FordMSci Ecology and Conservation*
Photo of Rebecca Harrill
The highlight was going on the Spanish field course for ten days in the first year. It brought the whole cohort together and we bonded as a year group.
Rebecca HarrillBSc Biology, 2015
Photo of Lisa Jones
I loved the Spain trips. We flew down to Andalucía and we spent twelve days learning really useful fieldwork skills. We really enjoyed the local wildlife and the diversity that’s there. I got hands on experience with insects, plants and the local marine life. I enjoyed the first year trip so much that I applied to be a demonstrator, going back to help teach the first years as a second year student.
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