A group of students from across Cornwall have just returned from a week long study tour to the Netherlands. The trip allows the students from Duchy College Stoke Climsland, Duchy College Rosewarne and Cornwall College Newquay, to gain experience in animal husbandry in a different country.
Team Lead for Animal Management at Stoke Climsland, Bea Hawker, said: “This was such a great trip for the students; they visited lots of different animal based organisations and were able to see the different ways in which animals are treated. The visit to the Dutch College was a highlight as our students got to see what it would be like to study in another country and had the opportunity to mix with people from another culture, with the same interests as them”.
The trip started off with a visit to the Hawk Conservancy in Andover where the students watched spectacular flying displays and all had the opportunity to fly a Harris hawk. The group also visited Rotterdam Zoo where they saw the brand new lion exhibit and the newly born elephant calf. They also visited the new ‘Safari Park Beekse Bergen’ before a visit to Groenhorst Barneveld, a land based College with more than 2000 animals and over 100 species.
Student John Shepherd said: “I thought Holland was great fun & very interesting. We visited lots of different places and we met lots of new people from other sites and other countries too which was cool”.
Student Becki Ingleheart, said: “It was enlightening because we could compare the zoos there to here and there was such a big difference. The zoos in Holland were huge and we got to see some amazing species including different species of Rhino. I would DEFINITELY go again, it was really good and I really enjoyed learning through the trip; It was so informative.”