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Biological SciencesUndergraduate study

Examining the Ecology of Spain

Second year Biology student Phoebe Cross enjoyed her first year field trip to Spain so much, she returned in 2012 to help tutors organise the event.

Many students say the ten day visit to the breezy coast and its practical introduction to identifying and working with assorted species is one of the highlights of their time at university. They split up into groups to carry out various projects on plants and creatures such as ants, bees and beetles, then give presentations on their findings.

In the Spanish countryside

Other highlights of the field trip were a marine walk along the beach to identify species and the annual international football match against locals. "We won 6-5 this time after losing last year, but it's all good fun really," explains Phoebe.

Alongside her studies, Phoebe, from Romsey in Hampshire, has been volunteering to survey bats and ring birds as well as surveying non-native plants for the Hampshire Wildlife Trust. She aims to go on to a career in conservation after graduation but also enjoys playing the drums in the band Triassic.

Finding specimens in the field

I worked so hard in my first year, they gave me the ‘keen bean' award. Going out for a second year was a fantastic opportunity to enjoy it all again, this time as a demonstrator, working with the tutors.

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