More about Hannah
“I chose to study BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation because I was interested in the idea of working with wildlife, and was interested in protecting endangered species. Also, this particular course provided the opportunity to take a placement year, which was an important aspect that solidified the fact that this was the course I wanted to do.
“The South Africa trip offered as part of the course was one of the highlights of my time at NTU and I left feeling more passionate and inspired to protect endangered species. I had already spent time in South Africa and was eager to return and saw this as an ideal opportunity and the African Ecosystems module was the one that I was most interested in choosing.
“On the trip we carried out a number of studies in the field, including bird and large mammal surveys. I really enjoy data collection in the field and the animal studies were my favourites. There is also a great opportunity to visit the nearby Pilanesburg National Park which is a brilliant wildlife-spotting trip where you can capture some great photographs and memories to cherish. It was also a great opportunity for me to meet the people I was going to be studying with for the following year, after being away for a year on placement and returning to uni with a new group of people.
“I would encourage everyone who can to go on this trip, and say to anyone who is interested in wildlife and seeing new and exciting species that we don't have here in the UK that they should go. If you have the opportunity to go abroad, you should definitely take it. Also, with rhinos being so endangered and continuing to decline, the opportunity to see them up close and in their natural habitat is an opportunity that shouldn't be passed up. The chance to collect data in the field and to write a study based on your findings can be a rewarding task as well.
“As a group, I think we all got on well with our course tutors, and they helped make the trip what it was. It is also a good opportunity to see them using their skills and learning from them. For example, Louise Gentle did a brilliant job in getting us interested in birding! Some of us weren't so thrilled at first about the idea, but by the end of it were getting very excited about adding to our species list and spotting new and interesting birds.”