More about Rob
“When I started to look for courses in Wildlife Conservation, the course at NTU stood out in three main ways. Most importantly, the majority of modules looked very interesting and would clearly set a student up well for a career in wildlife conservation. They looked as though they would give me a good grounding and understanding of a wide range of areas associated with the subject.
“The wildlife conservation course has been a great mixture of practical and lecture based learning. The modules have covered many varied areas of the subject, including law, habitat management, survey work and ecological sciences. I have been able to take what I have learned in lectures and assignments and apply it during my volunteering and placement year; information and knowledge I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t studied wildlife conservation at NTU.
“I have enjoyed the modules which have the clearest links to industry the most. These include Wildlife Surveying, Wildlife Management, Applied Habitat Management and Wildlife Law. There have also been other modules with more scientific, research elements which I have enjoyed such as Behavioural Ecology, Advanced Ecology.
“The lecturers have also been brilliant. They are experts in their field and deliver interesting lectures. They have been very approachable, friendly, and are dedicated to the students and course.
“My placement year was fantastic. I did 52 weeks working for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire on a nature reserve. My role included practical habitat management work, a variety of wildlife surveys, and visitor engagement. I felt appreciated and part of a hard working team. I had regular meetings to discuss my progress and how to get the most out of my year on the reserve. I was given a high level of responsibility which I loved including planning and undertaking breeding bird surveys, moth surveys, leading guided walks and trusted to carry out practical work to a high level without constant supervision. The placement year allowed me to grow in confidence with my abilities, learn many new skills and make some great contacts for my future in the wildlife conservation industry.
“For me, Brackenhurst is the perfect campus. It has a community feel about it, and the hub of the campus is concentrated meaning that it only takes a minute to get to lectures, the library, canteen etc. from all other areas of the campus. There are also beautiful grounds to walk in and enjoy the wildlife, a great mixture for you.
“The BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation course at NTU offers students a brilliant atmosphere and environment to work in, whilst delivering interesting and thought provoking lectures on a variety of relevant subjects. I now feel significantly better prepared for a career in nature conservation because of the degree I have studied at NTU.”