Field courses

Direct experience of animals, plants and microorganisms in their natural habitats continues to be an important part of modern biology.

We run a wide range of courses that provide hands-on experience of modern biological techniques and practical in-field skills. Recent examples include bird-ringing, small mammal trapping, pit fall trapping, microbial analysis and surveying for bats.

Second year students on the Ecology and Conservation module can choose from several specialised, project-based courses that run in a variety of locations throughout the world. Our range of courses includes:

Students on a boat in Tobago

Tropical marine ecology

Based in a small fishing village on the tropical island of Tobago, you will be introduced to the ecology of coral reefs and survey methods.

Students collecting samples from the forest floor

Biology of the forest floor

A combination of field and lab work will help you develop techniques of sampling, analysis (biological, physical and chemical) and ecological assessment.

Student sampling in the river with net

River ecology

Located on the beautiful Mellte River, this field course introduces river organisms and their ecology through individual and group research in the field and laboratory.

Skokholm Island

Island ecology

Skokholm Island is considered one of the jewels of the Welsh coastline and is famous for its seabird colonies.

Kirsty Franklin releasing a slow loris back into the wild

Rainforest biodiversity assessment

Based at the Danau Girang Field Centre in Sabah, Malaysia you will visit areas with both large and small wild animals.

Sunset photo out to sea on Malaysia field course

Marine conservation

The course is entirely field-based in Sabah, Malaysia, and will involve extensive periods of snorkelling/diving and time spent in and on the water.

The availability of our field courses is dependent on factors such as choice of degree programme, student demand and advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Residential field courses that take place outside of Cardiff incur additional costs, however, these are partially offset by contributions the School makes to the courses’ running costs