Biosphere Research Institute

Field trips

Field trips

The Biosphere Research Institute, in conjunction with the University of Dundee Continuing Education Department, offer two field excusions to some of Scotland’s greatest sites of natural history.


To book**:

In person: Pay by cheque, postal order or debit/credit card at the Continuing Education Office, 2nd floor, Tower Building.  Office hours are Monday to Friday  9.00 -12.00 and 13.00 - 17.00

By telephone: Telephone your course booking using your debit/credit card.  Call 01382 381125

**Places are limited. Book by 22nd May, 2012.


  1. The Natural History of Scotland: The Black Wood of Rannoch

2nd June

Leader: Dr Keith Skene


A guide to the biology of this ancient remnant of the Caledonian Forest, the once dominant ecosystem of much of Scotland.  This site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and home to several species unique to Scotland, is a temperate rain forest that lies on the Southern Shores of Loch Rannoch.  We examine the plants, animals and micro-organisms of this wonderful place, and ask how we should manage such habitats. Visit one of the most wonderful wildlife locations in Scotland.  Gentle walk along muddy paths – walking boots, waterproofs and packed lunch essential.

Meet at Kinloch Rannoch (Dunalastair hotel car park) at 10.00am


Code                     Day      Date         Time                   Length                     Fee

DC12124               Sat     02 June     10.00am               1 day                     £30



2. The Natural History of Scotland: Tentsmuir Point National Nature Reserve


9th June, 2012

Leader: Dr Keith Skene


We examine the ecology and management of Tentsmuir Point, a prime example of ecological succession.  Hear the most recent ideas on how succession works, why it is so important, and why it offers insights into sustainability and our place in the world.  We will examine the biology and geography of the site, before turning to its relevance in understanding subjects as varied as mass extinctions and conservation policy.  Finally we will explore why gardening really is such hard work! Gentle walk on mostly sandy terrain.  Bring Lunch! Meet at south-west end of Shanwell Road, Tayport at 10.00am.

 Debriefing in the Harbour Cafe, Tayport.$FILE/tentsmuirleafletmap.pdf

Code                     Day      Date         Time                   Length                     Fee

DC12123               Sat     09 June     10.00am               1 day                     £30