Alongside the countdown to Christmas, the final year biosciences students are all eagerly counting down to their field trips in the new year. With just three weeks to go, the preparation has begun. Flights are booked and christmas lists have been filled with slightly bizarre requests such as mosquito nets and head torches, not the usual presents found under the tree. The uni iPads we’ll be taking have been filled with research papers on the study topics- which hopefully won’t be left until the plane journey to be read- lucky it’s a long way to Borneo!
To prepare for the high fitness requirements of our trip, we met up as a group for the first time to complete a training walk which largely involved avoiding footpaths in favour of clambering up slopes and wading through rivers, a very amusing way of getting to know everyone as we emerged from the river with wet clothes up to our waists. Our most recent meeting allowed us to gather in the small groups we’ll be working with for our projects and video assignments. Most excitingly though we ran through the itinerary of the trip, learning more about exactly where we’ll be heading and what we’ll be doing at each location. Our first point of call is Tarakan where we’ll meet up on 5th January to begin the adventure. Here we’ll be meeting lots of local school children and trying to teach them a bit about what we’ll be up to and hopefully we’ll learn some Indonesian from them as well.
Borneo has an incredibly high biodiversity so we’re hoping to see some amazing flora and fauna. We’ve got our fingers crossed for Proboscis monkeys, tree frogs and hornbills. We’re taking camera traps too, so perhaps we’ll catch a glimpse at more elusive species. It sure will be the trip of a lifetime, even if we’re all expecting to meet a lot of leeches!
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