Level 3 Countryside Management students from South Staffordshire College have enjoyed two separate visits to a historical mine nature reserve and to a section of marshlands as part of their studies.
The Rodbaston Campus students first visited Norton Bog near Burntwood, a reserve containing a variety of wetland and woodland habitats and providing students with the opportunity to learn further about habitat.
The second trip was to the Doxey Marshes in Stafford and provided students with necessary skills and work experience for their practical management of countryside related and health land maintenance tasks.
The trips form part of the Habitat Management module for students and include activities such as hedge laying and dry stone walling for boundary construction later in the year.
Countryside Management Lecturer, Eleanor Atkins, said both trips were a great example of valuable hands-on experience for students. “Both the rangers of these sites and the College have worked well in the past. We select the most suitable excursions to enable the best variety of activities for our learners and ensure that they fit neatly within the specifications of the modules.