Field trips are an amazing part of doing Geography at QMUL and last April, I was lucky enough to participate in the one to Scotland. The field trip was a compulsory component of the GEG4004 Fieldwork in Physical Geography and Environmental Science.
It was one of the highlights of my year! A week away in the Cairngorms National Park, surrounded by nature, open space, lots of fresh air and an amazing bunch of people. The area was a great place to undertake fieldwork… from exploring the woodlands, soil and river sampling to getting a lovely view from the top of Coire an t-Sneachda. For all the physical Geographers/Environmental scientists you will definitely enjoy it!
The aim of the fieldtrip was to not only develop our understanding of the physical landscape, the different environmental systems and the impact of human activity but also to give us ‘hands-on’ experience using field equipment’s such as a gauge, pH probes, ranging poles and so on…
We worked in teams during outdoor activities which made many of us become closer to our peers but also made undertaking fieldwork extremely fun! During our spare times, we would explore outside and admire the beautiful scenery. You could see the lovely view of the Corries from Glenmore Lodge (place where we stayed for the week) so that was a bonus! Other activities to do in the evening included attending the bar, playing snooker, cards or just simply relaxing with friends. The food was catered for and pretty good, so there was no need to worry about what to eat. There was a wide range of options so no matter what diet you require, there will always be food for you.
The fieldtrip made me realise how different the city life is compared to the Scottish highlands. There was less cars, less pollution and less noise which was great for a change. Plus, lots of nature and wildlife which you don’t always see in the busy streets of London. I highly recommend this trip as it’s a great experience to live and explore in a different environment… even for just a few days, not only that you’ll make amazing friends with your peers and simply enjoy fieldwork! J