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Outdoor classroom

Boasting a stunning 200-hectare estate of farmland, woodland and streams in the heart of rural Nottinghamshire, our Brackenhurst Campus will truly take your education beyond the classroom.

Whichever course you're on, our beautiful 200-hectare estate provides a wealth of practical experience and the perfect outdoor learning environment for your research and field work.


A wildlife haven

Not only are you surrounded by beautiful countryside at Brackenhurst, but the estate is also home to a wide variety of wildlife.

Here are just some of the species you might be lucky enough to spot here:

  • badger
  • bats
  • barn owl
  • tawny owl
  • little owl
  • merlin
  • sparrow hawk
  • buzzard
  • hobby
  • kestrel
  • red kite
  • peregrine falcon
  • yellow hammer
  • tree sparrow
  • house sparrow
  • bullfinch
  • great crested newt
  • smooth newt
  • wood mouse
  • field vole
  • bank vole
  • hare

and many more.

Protecting the environment

As one of the UK's most environmentally friendly universities, Brackenhurst is the crown jewel in NTU's commitment to sustainability.

Part of the DEFRA Environmental Stewardship Scheme, our farm promotes sustainable land use and management, integrating modern farming techniques with conservation work.

Our weather station

Here at Brackenhurst we have an onsite weather station, which provides opportunities for meteorological research at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Equipment and components

Brackenhurst Weather Station consists of several components:

  • Adcon weather station with sensors for soil temperature and moisture, wind speed and direction, air temperature, and relative humidity, and a solarimeter along with a Pluvio rain gauge
  • a separate Casella automatic tipping bucket rain gauge, to give greater precision.

Current data

Watch the live data feed from the weather station

Outdoor classroom

  • Subject area: Animal, equine and wildlife
  • Category: Learning tools and spaces; Research; Animal/Veterinary
  • Location: Brackenhurst Campus

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