Ecology and Conservation Research
Our experienced team, extensive facilities support a breadth of research in environment and conservation at University Centre Bishop Burton. With the environment becoming an increasing focus, the demand for those with knowledge of ecology and wildlife conservation is growing. Learning alongside our expert staff, you will have all the support you need to acquire the theoretical understanding and practical field skills needed to develop your research interests.
The University Centre Bishop Burton is well placed to provide Environment and Conservation students with a range of research possibilities. Habitats within the boundary of the 360 hectars, Bishop Burton College estate include arable farmland and field margins, grassland, woodland, ponds and hedgerows. Nearby sites include the following:
- The internationally important Humber Estuary
- Spurn NNR
- The North York Moors National Park (including a number of large forestry sites and woodland habitats)
- The River Hull Living Landscapes catchment (including England’s most northerly chalk streams)
- The Lincolnshire Wolds AONB
- The Humberhead Peatlands NNR
- RSPB sites at Bempton (including England’s largest mainland gannetry) and Blacktoft Sands
- Lower Derwent NNR
- Tophill Low Nature Reserve
- Flamborough Head SAC/SPA.
Our students benefit greatly in their research from our established links with these sites and external colleagues who manage them.
Research on our programmes reflects the broad nature of the subject area and students have previously undertaken projects on freshwater invertebrates in chalk stream habitats, changes to Lincolnshire’s grasslands, habitat connectivity in urban gardens, impacts of habitat change on breeding bird populations, the influence of media and conservation photography on driving human behavioural change, links between green spaces and conservation work and mental health outcomes.
Our laboratories provide a range of resources for students and staff requiring access for dissertation/research projects and field studies. The labs are well stocked with ecology equipment for use with a variety of different habitats, species and techniques.
Field trips and outdoor learning form key aspects of the programmes. This not only enhances programme delivery, but also enables students to develop hands-on field experience they can apply to their research. Programme staff maintain close links with organisations and individuals involved in the sector meaning that students can often undertake projects associated with real-world conservation projects and organisations.