Lea Gerard with snake

Lea

Gerard

United Kingdom
The course is great fun with trips available to Spain, Africa Gibraltar Point, Madagascar, Poland and more, all with invaluable experience in the field.

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“Wildlife Conservation at NTU is a course with great variety and the ability to be catered to individual interests. The assignments and modules are all unique and well designed, and as such are valuable for a student’s learning. The course is great fun with trips available to Spain, Africa Gibraltar Point, Madagascar, Poland and more, all with invaluable experience in the field.

“Ecology and later Advanced Ecology were particularly enjoyable modules for me as I had an interest in the topic, and the module Wildlife Conflicts and Resolutions was a module full of healthy debate and exploring all sides of a conflict in conservation issues.

“The field trip to Madagascar was also fantastic and featured a huge range of practical field experience and projects not found anywhere else worldwide.

“I began the course, as many others did, with a love of animals but in need of exploring our own specific areas of interest. I myself have since become fascinated in Entomology (insects), whilst others have graduated with a love of Dendrology (trees), Ornithology (birds), large mammals or something else.

“I lived with my parents in a small village just outside of Retford, approximately 45 minutes from the Brackenhurst campus. I was reluctant to go far from home and luckily Brackenhurst was not only nearby but also exactly the type of learning environment I was looking for. I now live in the city of Nottingham and whilst I was not familiar with it before moving here I love it.

“Being a student here you feel very well connected. Nottingham is a student city with multiple campuses and two universities, and it feels comforting to know there’s thousands of other people out there following the same path as you. The city itself is fantastic, with an incredibly reliable public transport system and endless student discounts and opportunities.

“I would say that most if not all of the skills I learnt on the course are transferable. Everything on the course, whether it be tasks set by a lecturer to complete by the next session to a big assignment; they’re all there for a reason. Break down what core skills are in the assignment or what you’d learn from it, and you’ll see that completion of the task will be beneficial to your learning.

“In the future I may return to complete a Masters. I would love to work in the Natural History Museum’s Entomology department.”

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