Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Lundy Animal Behaviour Field Trip: June 2017

Lundy is an island off the North Devon coast, situated in the mouth of the Bristol Channel.  The island contains a number of diverse ecologies and and many species making it a good choice for ecological and behavioural science field trips.  Every year we take psychology and biology students to the island.

A video about the trip can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lCvhiVjRes

A trip to Lundy will lead to change.  The island is a beautiful place that is remote and very different from the city.  The opportunity to observe wild animals living their lives is a privilege that is endlessly fascinating. Many questions will arise and the field trip is designed to provide you with the methods to answer them.  You will develop scientific skills that are applicable across all species, including humans.  You will learn to plan and execute a research project from scratch.

I am looking to bring up to six students who want to collect data for their third year project or and students who wants experience of field work for their CV.  Students in the second year of their BSc from autumn 2016 are eligible to apply for this trip with a mind to their final year project in 2017.  I will consider other students also, if they are keen to experience field work.  If you are interested in coming to Lundy then please email me on:


For details about the psychology project work, please look at this page - https://sites.google.com/site/antianthropomorphism/home/lundy/work-and-assessment - where you will also find handouts containing useful methodological information.

The trip to Lundy is from Saturday 3 June to Saturday 17 June 2017.

We will travel to Ilfracombe on Friday 2 June 2017 and sail to Lundy on 3 June 2017.  The return is managed all in one day.

This trip will be a collaborative venture between the departments of psychology and natural sciences at Middlesex University.

The cost of this trip is £195 per person, which includes travel to and from the island, accommodation (incl. bedding and towels, with one change during the stay) and food on the island as well as one night in Ilfracombe before sailing to Lundy.  The majority of the costs for the trip have been provided by the Faculty of Science and Technology, Middlesex University.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Tom Dickins

Professor of Behavioural Science

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