Location: Millport, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland
Course leader: Dr Julia Ferrari
During the first three days of the course, you'll lay the groundwork for your later research, developing your identification and ecological sampling skills, and learning to recognise the most common coastal organisms. There'll be opportunities for watching birds and seals and detecting bats, as well as a boat trip and trawl to find sublittoral marine organisms.
The second half of the course will be spent conducting your own research projects in pairs. You'll also have some free time to spend as you wish - you could cycle round the island and take in the views, spend some time on the beach or just relax in the on-site common room or the local bars and pubs!
The field course takes place at FSC Millport, where you'll also be staying. The FSC provides accommodation in one new and one recently refurbished building - you'll stay in twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms, and about half of the rooms have a sea view. The FSC also provide food, which is sustainably sourced when possible and can accommodate special dietary requirements.
The best thing about the course was the combination of scientific work with the joy of a holiday. It was a great expedition rather than just a trip. It was a life changing experience.