Over two thirds of our participants are from overseas, this is of huge importance to PR informatics when selecting its venues. All our venues have all-inclusive options which provides accommodation and meals; the benefits of this we feel are invaluable. Group cohesion is always greater which in turn transpires in to a more enjoyable learning experience during classes. It removes the stress of arranging additional travel, accommodation and meals, reduces the overall cost and provides a fun environment in the evenings to unwind, discuss research and make friends (or even collaborations).
All our venues are either situated in national parks or areas of high ecological interest so there is always something to appealing to do outside of the class. The importance of this is that it provides distractions, a reason to escape outside after classes, allowing time to relax which in turn helps the learning process. Under each venue there is information on the accommodation, the facilities available, links to the venue website as well as a directions PDF with details on how to arrive (and depart) from courses to make things as stress-free as possible.
SCENE field station, Loch Lomond, Glasgow, Scotland
SCENE field station, Loch Lomond, Rowardennan, Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1360 870271
SCENE, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment, is the field station of the University of Glasgow.
As part of the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, SCENE is dedicated to excellence in field research and teaching.
Situated amidst the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, the pioneering teaching and research facility has since 1946 been committed to understanding the mechanisms that govern the natural world and the impact of humans upon these. As of spring of 2014 this new state-of-the-art £7m facility, with a new name, the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), was completed on this unique site in the National Park. With sustainable construction and energy efficiency as priorities, it is one of the ‘greenest’ buildings in Scotland.
SCENE’s facilities have been completely replaced and greatly expanded, thanks to major donor engagement and EU investment through the INTERREG IV programme (“IBIS”-project). With sustainable construction and energy efficiency as priorities, these facilities are among the ‘greenest’ buildings in Scotland.
For every paper copy of a workshop/course booklet requested by a participant for a course held at SCENE Field Station, £5.00 is donated by PR~statistics to the Loch Lomond andTrossachs National Park to compensate/offset the carbon footprint of printing a paper version – this is done for all venues situated in National Parks that host our courses.
Millport field station, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland
Millport field station, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland, KA28 0EG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1475 530581
Located on the eastern shore of the Isle of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde FSC Millport is easily accessible being just a 8 minute ferry crossing from the mainland.
It is one and a half hours from Glasgow airport or by road or train. The centre offers fieldwork experiences on this unique island setting for all ages and is ideal for marine field teaching, being sheltered and within easy reach of a variety of marine habitats.
It also offers research facilities for universities and environmental professionals. FSC Millport opened for field teaching in February 2014 following the closure of the previous Marine Station run by the University of London (UoL).
For every paper copy of a workshop/course booklet requested by a participant for a course held at Millport Field Station, £5.00 is donated by PR~statistics to the upkeep and maintenance of its public aquarium and library to compensate/offset the carbon footprint of printing a paper version.
- No. of beds: 95
- Room type: Multiple occupancy (max 2 people) on suite
- No. of Workrooms: 3
- Research vessel
- Academic library
- Student common areas
Margam Discovery Centre, Port Talbot, Wales
Margam Discovery Centre, Margam Park, Port Talbot, SA13 2UA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1639 895636
Margam Discovery Centre is situated within Margam Park, an 850 acre country estate situated on the narrow coastal plain and southern slopes of Mynydd Margam. The Park covers a remarkably diverse and varied landscape, with evidence of over 4,000 years of continuous habitation and use by man.
One of the major ancient settlements of Glamorgan, Margam’s history can be traced back to pre-historic times, with many Bronze and Iron Age relics having been discovered here, and evidence of Roman and extensive Celtic occupation in the landscape. The deer herd that ranges freely in the Park is thought to have been originally introduced by Roman settlers.
With the founding of a monastery and abbey in the 12th century, Margam became a religious centre of National importance, until its dissolution at the hands of Henry VIII. Following the Dissolution, successive owners built and rebuilt their houses on this site. In the early 19th century the present Margam Castle was built. This Tudor ‘style’ Mansion remained in use as a family residence until the end of the Second World War, when the ensuing quarter of a century of neglect took its toll.
The estate was purchased by the local council and the Park was officially opened to the public in 1977. Following renovations to the castle, a classroom and residential rooms were incorporated and the Field Studies Council used this space to run educational day visits and residential courses for children and adults from Wales and further afield. Residential visits were limited to one school group at a time due the limited space available.
In 2007 a new partnership between FSC and Neath Port Talbot Council enabled funding to be obtained to develop a dedicated building, with much greater capacity, in the eastern area of the park. The new FSC Margam (Margam Discovery Centre), is an award winning state of the art, low carbon footprint building designed by The Welsh School of Architects. Construction took place between autumn 2007 and spring 2009. To maximise efficiency, meet the project programme and minimise environmental impact, 80% of the timber frame building was constructed off site using timber from sustainable UK sources. The prefabricated modules were craned into place and assembled on site enabling the high quality building to have minimum environmental impact. The modules were delivered through April and May 2008, coming together in only two weeks, making this scheme the largest prefabricated modular building in Wales. It has striking features such as glass walls and raised external walkways to give visitors the feeling of being part of the surrounding natural environment. It makes use of solar power, rain water collection, natural light, biomass heating and natural ventilation.
- The Centre has 32 rooms all with en-suite facilities. These can be used as single, twin, three or four bed rooms as the beds in each room are designed to fold away to maximise space. Five of these rooms have been designed specifically for disabled visitors with specially adapted bathroom facilities. Accommodation is arranged in four separate corridors, which for security are controlled by programmable key fobs.
- There are four classrooms with under-floor heating, all with interactive whiteboards and sinks, and there are a range of recreation areas. Wireless internet access is available throughout the building. There are two common rooms with digital TV; one is set out with comfortable settees and coffee tables and the other has table-tennis and board games. Both have hot and cold drink making facilities. There is also a large outdoor space with footballs, rugby balls, rounders and cricket sets available. The Centre also has a Cafe and bar facilities.
- There is a fully equipped kit store with waterproof hire available and a drying room for when it’s required.
Juniper Hall field station, Surrey, England
Juniper Hall field station, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6DA, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1306 734501
Juniper Hall is an amazing location set in a quiet wooded valley in an un-spoilt area of the chalk North Downs at the edge of Box Hill (less than 10 minutes from the M25).
The centre is close to stunning deciduous woodlands, rivers, grasslands and is within reach of the amazing coastline around Birling Gap, offering fantastic opportunities to study the coastline and the rocky shore.
Juniper Hall is leased from the National Trust, and is a superb country house dating from the 17th century.
The combination of great human and physical geographical and ecological field sites, superb internet connectivity (including Wi-Fi), workrooms that all have interactive and standard whiteboards, visualisers and access to laptops and iPads, Juniper Hall is ideal for many field courses.
- No. of Beds: 120
- Room type: multiple occupancy (max 3 people) shared (sinlge sex) showers and toilets
- No. of Workrooms: 7
- High Speed Broadband WiFi
- Disabled access to bedrooms, toilets, bathroom, labs and main house
- Drying room
- Common Room and Lounge
- Met Office Weather Station (with more than 60yrs historic data)
- Small Centre Shop
- Waterproofs and Wellingtons available to borrow
Flatford Mill field station, Suffolk, England
Flatford Mill field station, East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1206 297110
Flatford Mill is made up of four separate accommodation blocks: the Mill, Willy Lott’s House, Valley Farm and Babergh Bungalow, which are all located around the River Stour.
The Mill and Willy Lott’s House are instantly recognisable since they are featured in many paintings by John Constable.
- No. of Beds: 78
- Room type: multiple occupancy (max 3 people) on suite
- No. of Workrooms: 5
- ICT room has a suite of ten modern desktop PCs with direct internet access
- Common Room and Lounge
- We have a student common room
- Football table
- Selection of board games
- TV with a DVD player
- Met Office Weather Station (with more than 60yrs historic data)
- Centre Shop
- Weatherproof equipment store.
Malham Tarn field station, North Yorkshire, England
Malham Tarn field station, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9PU, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1729 830331
This Centre, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, occupies a large Georgian country house, leased from the National Trust.
Malham Tarn is an unusual lime-rich upland lake, set amid a variety of habitats with a range of nationally-scarce species. To the west of the Tarn is an area of fen and raised bog, while the surrounding grassland has areas of limestone pavement and a rich flora. The woodland around Tarn House is also of conservation importance.
The Tarn and its associated wetlands and woodlands form a National Nature Reserve. The reserve is part of the much larger Malham-Arncliffe Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The area’s importance in an international context is recognised by its designation as a RAMSAR site and as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). The National Trust manages the reserve in partnership with Natural England and the Field Studies Council. For every paper copy of a workshop/course booklet requested by a participant for a course held at Malham Tarn Field Station, £5.00 is donated by PR~statistics to the National Park to compensate/offset the carbon footprint of printing a paper version – this is done for all venues situated in National Parks that host our courses.
- No. of Beds: 90
- Room type: Multiple occupancy (max 3 people) on suite
- No. of Workrooms: 5
- ICT facilities
- Drying rooms
- Student common rooms
- Staff room
- Weather station
- Tuck shop
- Walled garden
- Bar (For adult groups)