Biology students recently took a trip to a beach at Anisdale, but before you go thinking that they’ve taken their summer holidays early, the visit was an educational trip to look at succession and to collect abiotic (non-living) and biotic (living) data. The data will then be used towards modules of their A2 study next year.
The students braved the (typical) summer downpours and a wind to explore the beach to perform transects and observe pioneer species. “We’ve never had weather like it”, said Course Leader for Biology, Becky Brown. “The students deserve credit. They were cold and wet but they got on with the job. Looking back now, they are glad that they went and are laughing about the situation.”
Joe Williams, Amanah Huessien and Poppy Deakes were all participants on the trip. “We were using quadracts which is a piece of scientific equipment which identifies the percentage of vegetation on the ground. The results will help us with next year’s A2 Biology modules”, the group said.
“The weather was horrible. We were cold and wet due to the non-stop rain. We had to get on with our research but the rain did motivate us to get it done quickly. It was a relief to get back on the coach”, they added.