Our Hadlow College Animal Management faculty have been running a trip to Jersey to visit Durrell Wil
Our Hadlow College Animal Management faculty have been running a trip to Jersey to visit Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust with degree students since 2005. This year 23 students visited Jersey in May to stay at the zoo for 5 days.
The trip included a mix of students from across all 3 of our Animal Management degree courses; Animal Conservation and Biodiversity, Animal Management and Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare.
Staying in Youth Hostel accommodation, backing onto the park students woke to vocalisations of a variety of different lemur species and enjoyed breakfast watching native red squirrels.
Students received lectures from Durrell staff highlighting current global conservation concerns, in-situ field work conducted globally, tamarin projects and careers discussions. Students were also able to practice using studbook and population management software.
Each year students undertake a group project during their time in Jersey; this involves looking at enclosure design and assessing behaviour of the species within the environment. This year projects included:
• Space utilisation by gorillas linked to visitor presence
• Vocalisations and space utilisation within a mixed species lemur enclosure
• Zonation and breeding territories within a tropical bird walkthrough
• Enclosure design of a mixed species bird aviary including bald ibis.
Students also created enrichment devices for the spectacled bears and coatis.
During behind the scenes tours students tried out silicon marking of amphibians and got to see the protocols for dangerous animal escapes. They also viewed the herpetology department and got to see mountain chicken, chameleon and orange tailed skink breeding areas.
Included if the trip was an optional visit to the native chough reintroduction site (recently featured on Countryfile) this gave students to ability to look at a native reintroduction and monitoring scheme as well as fantastic views of the surrounding Channel Islands.
Evenings were spent experience different areas of Jersey, including Bouley Bay, Rozel and Trinity. On the last day students went to Gorey to visit a harbour town before flying back to Gatwick.
The trip had a full packed schedule and linked well to units covered by all first year degree students such as Concepts in Conservation, Concepts in Behaviour and also introduces students to second year modules such as Breeding and Genetics, Global Biodiversity and Conservation and Exotic Collection Management. The Students will now be able to use the trip to develop their research and critical thinking skills to aid their final year dissertations and employability.