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Zoological Conservation students, at Cornwall College Newquay,
embarked on a three day camping trip to Porthjoke near Newquay,
to study seal behaviour and their habitat.
The study, which was run in conjunction with the Cornwall
Seal Group, involved two full days of data collection, recording
seal behaviour over the tidal cycle. This involved the team
of first and second year students getting up at 6:00am every
morning and working through until 7:00pm at night.
Rebecca Allen, Programme Manager for Zoological Conservation,
said: "Despite the early starts the students thoroughly
enjoyed the trip and it was a great exercise in identifying
marine mammals. Grey seals have markings which are totally
unique and can be used like a fingerprint to identify them.
The students used their photography skills to identify six
Student Lisa Clarke explains more: "Seal Research
Camp provided valuable opportunities to gain experience in
studying seal behaviour, collecting research data on a planned
transect route, seal identification and the subsequent processing
of data and wildlife photography skills. It was an opportunity
not to be missed and was enjoyed by all. The data we collected
will be sent to the Cornwall Seal Group who monitor seal sightings
The Zoological Conservation Foundation Degree is one of six
higher education courses run at Cornwall College Newquay and
validated by the University of Plymouth. The course, which
was developed in conjunction with Newquay Zoo, has grown in
popularity over the four years it has been running and includes
the study of Animal Nutrition, Primate Behaviour and Learning,
Captive Breeding and Reintroduction and many more. The campus
has enjoyed recent investment in new buildings and facilities
from the Combined Universities in Cornwall initiative, part-funded
by the Objective One European Regional Development Fund.
John Latham, Principal of Cornwall College, said: "Research
projects like this are invaluable to the student experience.
The students develop important skills, desirable to employers
and higher education institutions alike."
For further information contact Kerry Trevenna on 01637 857928
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The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). Cornwall College is a partner of the CUC.
||Cornwall College is the largest college in the UK with
over 45,000 students
||Cornwall College has seven campuses in Cornwall, these
are: Camborne, St Austell, Saltash, Newquay, Duchy College
Rosewarne, Duchy College Stoke Climsland and Falmouth
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||Cornwall College is a partner in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative, which is part-funded by the European
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