Students will be introduced to practical fieldwork and will have the opportunity to practice a variety of qualitative and quantitative fieldwork sampling techniques for estimating the abundance and distribution of plant and animal species. Fieldwork will cover random, systematic and stratified sampling.The course will also allow students to apply investigative approaches and methods, safely use a range of practical equipment, make and record observations and gain an understanding of the roles and limitations of equipment and techniques. Extend this to three days and also cover succession.
This course usually runs from 9.30am – 4pm, but times can be adjusted to suit your group and travel plans. During your visit you will be welcome to the centre and given an appropriate health and safety briefing. Your session will start with an introduction to the day, aims and objectives. Throughout the day we will undertake fieldwork, collecting data appropriate to the topic. We will break for lunch, before continuing with our fieldwork. Depending on the day and the specific times of your visit we may include some data presentation and analysis and we will end the day with a summary including drawing conclusions and limitations. Please note that specific activities for your group are subject to change. We go out in all weathers and seasons and will tailor the content of the day accordingly.
How this course fulfills the specification
- Practical Activity Group (PAG) 3.2, 3.1, 3.3
- Practical Skills: Independent thinking, Use and application of scientific methods and practices, Research and referencing
- Use of apparatus and techniques: (a) (k)
- Common Practical Assessment Criteria (2) (3) (4) (5)
- Module 1 Development of practical skills
- 4.2.1 Biodiversity
- 6.3.1 Ecosystems
- 6.3.2 Populations and sustainability
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships