Imperial College London

Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve offered British students with one of the best introductions to the excitement, challenges and opportunities for biological research and conservation in Africa.

Twenty-three final-year BSc students from Imperial College London descended on Klipbokkop as part of a 2-week field course (October 2014). Counting towards a major component of their degree in Biology and Zoology, the students were provided with first-hand experience of biodiversity science in the Cape through taught exercises, lectures and mini-projects, including a three-day trip to Knysna Phantom Forest. Klipbokkop Mountain Reserve was where the majority of the teaching was done, as it offers an incredible diversity of Fynbos plants and a myriad of insects and birdlife that depend on this unique vegetation.

Students learned to collect and identify plants and animals, while conducting field experiments to unravel the fascinating ecology of the species inhabiting the region. Professor Vincent Savolainen, Drs Richard Gill and Jason Hodgson from Imperial College London taught the course, with outstanding contributions from Klipbokkop staff and local scientists, including Frank Carlisle, Marius Burger & Jeannie Hayward & Anita Meyer (Cape Leopard Trust).

Thank you to the Klipbokkop Team

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