Environmental Science A Level students today visited the School of Science & the Environment at the University of Worcester to find out how to set small mammal traps safely for ecological studies. Students also had to learn how to identify, handle and release the mammals safely.
In addition to this students had the opportunity to use eDNA to detect Great Crested Newt populations in a range of pond samples. This involved detecting the DNA of the newts and testing the samples using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assays.
Finally students considered the use of stealth cameras and drones in animal population sampling.