This project is is using pioneering conservation techniques in dune management, so we are able to offer some exciting research and conservation opportunities for students and researchers

Dynamic Dunescapes (DuneLIFE): Student Research Opportunities

We have a range of possible student research projects available with our teams in Lincolnshire, Dorset, Cornwall and North Devon, ranging from exploring the impact of different land management actions or mapping species distributions, to looking at the impact of Covid-19 on reserve visitors or evaluating the role of social media or signage on connecting communities with the project.

For the full list of opportunities and additional information about each, download this pdf document. To discuss any of the opportunities, send an email to dynamicdunescapes@naturalengland.org.uk or use the form at the bottom of this page.

Lincolnshire Student Bursary Programme

The bursary programme in Lincolnshire is available to support student research projects which relate to Dynamic Dunescapes outcomes and outputs. Projects may be carried out as part of undergraduate / masters or PhD study, to develop research and/or practical skills or to gain field-based experience.

Bursaries of up to £500 will be available for projects covering a range of subjects - social, economic, environmental, as well as film and media, to help students develop new skills and access employment routes in the environmental sector. For more details regarding eligibility, download the form to the right. There is currently no deadline for applying.

Please email tcookson@lincstrust.co.uk (Tish Cookson, Engagement Officer) for a copy of the application form and to discuss your application.

Devon Student Opportunities

We have several student opportunities available at Woolacombe in Devon, with National Trust. We are looking for committed and creative individuals with a passion for sand dune conservation to join us. As part of North Devon Dynamic Dunescapes team, the role will be involved in all aspects of Dunescapes delivery. There is also scope to tailor aspects of the role to the individual’s own background and interests.

Download the full details of our 12 month and 1 month opportunities to find out more.

To apply for our Devon student projects, please send your CV and covering letter to Beverley.phillips@nationaltrust.org.uk.

Cornwall Research Opportunities and Bursaries

A variety of research projects have been identified and prioritised by our Cornwall team. The project ideas are aimed at increasing our understanding of species and habitats found in the dunes, so helping site managers to make better-informed decisions. We are also open to supporting self-generated project titles that fit into our aims and ambitions. Projects could be undertaken at either of our two sites (Penhale Dunes and The Towans) or both.

There are eight study bursaries (£250) each available for young people in Cornwall, to support student research projects. These projects may be carried out as part of undergraduate or Masters programmes of study.

To discuss research opportunities and/or bursaries in Cornwall, please contact andy.nelson@cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk

Cumbria Student Bursary

We have created several student research project opportunities in Cumbria with Cumbria Wildlife Trust. The research projects have been designed to directly help to inform sand dune management and understanding of important specialist dune species. Successful applicants will be awarded £250 and have the opportunity to work alongside other leading environmental bodies. The projects may be undertaken for a dissertation or as an additional research project to develop skills and employment opportunity.

To find out more about each opportunity, click the links below. Students can choose to work towards the outcomes outlined in the proposals, or develop their own ideas in line with the proposal subject matter. Deadline for applications is 29th March.

Investigating the feasibility of mapping the distribution of ant hills to improve understanding of dune management/ ant hill interaction

An investigation into the ecological and environmental conditions affecting the populations of Dune and Green-flowered Helleborine

An investigation into the key populations of invertebrates utilizing bare sand and sparsely vegetated dune habitat

Investigate the key populations of plants utilizing bare sand and sparsely vegetated dune habitat

Yellow Bird’s-nest Monotropa hypopitys research project

To apply for any of our Cumbria student projects, download and fill out the application form, and send it to Eve Mulholland EveM@cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk.

Wales Student Bursaries

We have easy to apply for funding (bursaries) of £150 -£500 to award to A-level, undergraduate and masters students (open to ages 18-30) to support the study, promotion and participation of our ground-breaking conservation work on Wales’ sand dune systems. Funding is available to 18-30yr olds in two rounds. Projects can be undertaken at Oxwich NNR, Penmaen/Three Cliffs Bay, Pembrey SSSI, Crymlyn Burrows, Baglan Burrows, Llyn Peninsula, and Anglesey. Download the information document to the right for further details.

How to apply:

Before submitting your application, speak to David Kilner by email david.kilner@plantlife.org.uk or by phone 07398 182296 about your proposed project idea.

Deadlines: We have two rounds of funding. The deadline for round one is March 31st (for projects to be completed between April 2021 and December 2021), and the deadline for round to is May 31at (for projects to be completed between summer 2021 and summer 2022).

To find out more, you can attend an online Introduction To Student Bursaries in Wales session with David Kilner.

Click here to register for one of these events.

Contact us about student, research or bursary opportunities

If you've got an idea for a project or would like to get in touch with us about potential conservation or research opportunities, you can contact us using this form.

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    Don’t forget you can also sign up for volunteering or citizen science opportunities at our dune sites. Visit our volunteering page to find out more about getting involved and visit our events page to explore some of our upcoming opportunities.