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Lakes, wetland, dunes and beaches

Mallorca field research by second year physical geographers

Lakes, wetland, dunes and beaches

The autumn term Reading Week (November 6-10) saw second year UCL Geographers return to northeast Mallorca for the annual Physical Geography Field Research class.

A series of group projects was carried out within and around two protected areas on the island, s’Albufera Natural Park and s’Albufereta Nature Reserve.

They included:

  • Assessing variations in salinity within the wetlands.
  • Mapping the bathymetry of a wetland lake.
  • Investigating the distribution and controls of dune vegetation.
  • Determining spatial changes in the morphology and sand grain size distribution of the beaches of Alcudia Bay.


A Top Gear-style road trip from London to Mallorca (via Eurotunnel and an overnight ferry) made the work possible, delivering an extensive range of field and laboratory equipment to the party.

The work was also supported by local staff based in the two protected areas, as well as the Balearic Government, which provided access to areas normally inaccessible to the public.

Despite some definitely “character building” weather on some days, the group collected extensive datasets, which were presented to the party on the last afternoon of the field class.

The investigations will be written-up as journal papers, and provided, with the key datasets, to the s’Albufera and s’Albufereta staff.



Exploring a wetland lake