North Shropshire College Provides Home to Hermit Crabs

North Shropshire College Provides Home to Hermit Crabs

First year Animal Management students (L to R) Lauren Edwards, Connor Cruise, Zac Jones and Courtney Windsor with some of the new crabs outside the refurbished tank

North Shropshire College (NSC) has welcomed 15 Hermit Crabs to its Walford Campus, adding to the already diverse collection of animals that students help look after. The crabs will live in an enclosure, taking centre stage on display in the atrium area of the Harris Centre. To fulfil the specific needs of the Hermit Crabs, first year Animal Management students re-designed and equipped the tank in a two day project.

The students’ project utilised recycled materials and resources the College already had, and, amazingly only cost £8 in total! The project would have cost £100 if new products were used. The project served as an element of their work experience, where they worked alongside the Animal Care Technicians. Sam Cank, Animal Management Instructor and Technician, commented ‘The students have done a fantastic job. The tank has rocks and sand for the crabs to burrow in. We designed it together so it looks good to the public, and is also a nice home for the crabs.’

Commenting on the project, student Lauren Edwards, said ‘It has been a fun experience designing the enclosure.’ Fellow student, Courtney Windsor, commented, ‘I am looking forwards to observing the crabs in their new home.’

For more information about Animal Management courses starting in September 2016 or to apply, please visit or call the College Admissions Team on 01691 688080 or email

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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