98 students and several staff members returned last night from the two-day ecological field trip to a pearl of western Norway – the island of Svanøy. It is an island widely known for its outstanding beauty and sustainable deer  and salmon farming.  We have been lucky, privileged and thankful – since the very 1st year of RCN – for the friendliness and hospitality of the leader of the Norwegian Deer Center on Svanøy, Johan Trygve Solheim and his small but dedicated team! The objectives of the trip are to experience Western Norway’s landscapes and culture, to do some ecological and sustainability studies – and to help out with some environmental work .

For the Group 4 Science Project, the students were to imagine themselves as visitors from another planet, landing on this rocky island with the brief to explore and name all possible life forms. The 12 teams shared their discoveries in a lively and loud poster conference. The Environmental Systems and Societies students did the same but with an opposite approach: they were given instructions about the intertidal zone and about methods of sea shore investigation which they then put into practice. They also engaged in a study of sustainability of deer farming.

A successful project, with wonderful weather. Many thanks to all those involved in making it happen!

An album of facebook pictures is here.