Joint honours are ideal for students who wish to combine two areas of equal interest or who would benefit from the greater flexibility offered by studying the two subjects together. Ecology and Physical Geography make an excellent combination for students wishing to gain a cohesive understanding of how species, their habitats, and geographical processes interact. Ecology studies the distribution and abundance of organisms. A thorough understanding of the interactions between species and the wider environment is becoming increasingly important in addressing the environmental impacts of humans. During modules specific to the Ecology component you will learn about landscape and restoration ecology as well as developing biological field surveying skills specific to the sector. Physical Geography is an exciting, dynamic subject that focuses on understanding the interactions of processes comprising the Earth’s climate system, oceans, landforms, fauna, flora and people. Of interest to physical geographers are the mechanisms that link different environmental systems and the effect on human activities and societies. How different processes vary across spatial and temporal timescales are a key focus of physical geography. Fieldwork and laboratory investigations are key techniques within Ecology and Physical Geography. Within the course there are numerous opportunities for fieldwork activities, both local, residential and abroad. Laboratory analytical skills are also developed, including water, heavy metal and sediment sample analysis and species identification. Your learning will also be enhanced by Worcester’s superb proximity to numerous sites of high wildlife value, including nature reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Contrasting environments further afield can also be explored during a residential field trip to Provence, France and/or the Alps.