The students had been looking forward to their trip and were keen to get started right away, spending all of Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday morning collecting and processing data from the nearby beach, salt marsh and the classroom.
Inspired by the rich ecology of their surroundings, the budding biologists worked hard with dedication and enthusiasm (even during the odd rain shower!). They learnt a lot about life on a rocky shore and how various factors affect the plants and animals living there, and spent time measuring molluscs and collecting data for work on energy flow through ecosystems.
They also became familiar with the plant life on a salt marsh, studying the ways in which plant species change with increasing height up the marsh. The students even got to taste a few of the edible plants!
Acquiring new skills that will prepare them to carry out their own ecological surveys back at school, everyone really enjoyed the exciting, hands-on experience.
We are fortunate to be located near some of the most important ecological and geographical sites in the UK. Dale is the perfect setting to deepen students’ knowledge with some intensive practical learning, whilst allowing them to see more of Wales and its fantastic scenery. We can’t wait to visit again next year!