Residential trip provides conservation experience and employment insights

A meadow of yellow flowers under a blue sky.

When MSc in Conservation Management students needed to look beyond the habitats of the North West for their field work, Worcestershire, with its concentration of flower-rich meadows, was the ideal choice.

Working in partnership with Worcestershire Wildlife Trust (WWT), the students undertook a residential trip to visit key sites and evaluate conservation and restoration projects on WWT reserves. They also collected samples from a range of meadows for DNA analysis that will advance biology research at Edge Hill and inform future WWT conservation projects. As well as giving students the experience of working in different habitats, visiting the Worcestershire lowlands also helped further understanding of grassland connectivity, a key research theme within the Department of Biology.

“Our students had a fantastic experience. They not only gained considerable insight from WWT staff on employment with the conservation sector, they also came to appreciate one of England’s quintessential landscapes.”

Dr Anne Oxbrough, Reader in Ecology