Millport Field Class

Students start their third ‘Honours’ year with a one-week field class in Millport, on the Isle of Cumbrae in Western Scotland. Millport has an iconic place in the history of ecology and marine biology for both research and teaching. Now operated by the Field Studies Council, it has recently been upgraded to a state-of-the-art facility for field teaching and learning.

During our week at Millport, students work to design, execute, analyse and write-up a complete research project in behaviour, ecology or physiology. The unrivalled range of accessible habitats and organisms on Cumbrae allows students to undertake projects including habitat selection in birds, camouflage in urchins, personality in perwinkles and competition in lichens. We also have time for a deep-water trawl.

Millport Main Body

Acting as a master class in scientific writing, the week is assessed on the project report, which provides outstanding preparation for the Honours projects that all students do in their third year.