Conservation and Wildlife (CAWS)


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Love nature? Join Conservation and Wildlife Society!

Experience the amazing wildlife that Norfolk, Norwich and even our campus has to offer!


With CAWS you will have the opportunity to explore the best places for nature in Norfolk, starting with the hugely popular trip to the seal colony at Horsey beach.

But you don’t have to go any further than UEA to see a whole range of wildlife and here we will be learning about the diverse range of animals and plants the we share our campus with. You will also get the opportunity to gain some hands-on conservation experience by helping with the surveys and habitat management that take place on campus, as well the fortnightly conservation work that takes place at Buxton Heath. 

There will be a wide range of events throughout the year, including some indoors events such as documentary/quiz nights, research talks and other socials. If you have any particular interests or expertise we would be excited to hear from you as we are always looking to create new events and learn more about nature!

Read below to get an idea of some of the things we'll be doing in first semester and check out our social media for more information about the society. Feel free to get in touch with any questions! 


Social media:

Facebook for prospective members and existing members

Instagram: @uea_caws

Twitter: @ueacaws




Welcome walk – Come for a walk around campus in freshers week to see some of the best places for wildlife at UEA, get to know the committee and meet new people! 


Horsey seals – In November/December we visit the grey seal colony at Horsey beach around the time when they come ashore to give birth to hundreds of fluffy pups. 


Buxton Heath – Every other Saturday we spend the day at Buxton Heath getting involved with the essential conservation work that helps to protect this important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


Bat walk – We will take a walk around the lake with Bio’s Iain Barr using bat detectors to see what bats are active around campus. Eleven out of 18 British bat species have been recorded on campus.





President: Lucie Johnson (

Secretary: Josie Hewitt (

Treasurer: Reuben Harris (

Health and Safety Officer: Jonathan Farooqi (

Social Secretary : Patrick Safford (

Equality and Diversity Officer: Ilona Winn (

Union Council Rep : Edward Grierson (

Events Officer: Jack Morris (