Arran has often been described as Scotland in miniature. It has all the countries classic landscape characteristics, ecosystems & wildlife squeezed onto a small area easily reached by ferry. There are endless opportunities for Biological fieldwork, in safe locations just a stones through from the front door of Lochranza Outdoor Education Centre.
Freshwater ecology studies can be done on clear mountain streams teaming with invertebrate life. The water is also used for our local Whisky Distillery whose impact & manufacturing process can also be included as part of our studies. Marine investigations on our rocky shore are watched over by the resident seal colony. Moorland, ecological succession & land management studies will be done under the watchful gaze of the red deer & squirrels. There are also salt marsh, woodland, and pasture habitats all offering a wealth of opportunity for data collection techniques & population sampling through short assessment studies or full investigations. A range of statistical techniques & IT skills are included in all our topics.
Courses are flexible and can be tailored to suit the needs of each group. This might be to carry out individual investigations, a short piece of assessed coursework or to learn a wide range of sampling and data recording techniques. Our courses are constantly updated to make sure they fit the requirements of exam boards. We will liaise with you in advance to make sure we can create a field course which ticks all the right boxes & also gives the students a memorable & fun experience.
Your course will be taught by our experienced instructors who are Honours Graduates, have attended a Mountain Leader Training Course, hold a First Aid qualification & have completed a full disclosure process.
A typical residential Biology course can run from 2-5 days, depending on your needs. See our ‘course examples’ for more information.