Three groups of second year students studying Ecology or Earth and Ocean Science, have just come back from a field trip to Aljezur in Portugal where they have undertaken aquatic-based fieldwork.
The purpose of the visit was to allow students to develop field-based skills in data collection and to enhance their understanding of aquatic systems. The area provides a unique opportunity for the students to sample a complete system from source to sea and explore some unique environments that help to shape the aquatic systems that flow through them.
The intensive five day field course allowed students to gain confidence in carrying out a wide range of sampling techniques including kick sampling, water quality testing, riverine morphology and topography and plankton sampling. Kayaking surveys were also a big part of the trip, whereby the challenges or sampling larger water bodies were examined.
Despite the long hours and hard work, the confidence gained by the end of the trip was noticeable. Only another year to wait until the next trip!