Students will investigate different terrestrial habitats to compare and contrast invertebrates and abiotic variables. Students gain practical experience in fieldwork skills and techniques. They undertake investigations into different habitats and the invertebrates which live there. Data will be collected, presented and analysed using various techniques. A meadow, woodland and hedged habitat will be studied using a variety of different fieldwork techniques such as: sweep netting, tree bashing to look at invertebrate numbers and species composition and richness and interpret their results.
This course usually runs from 9.30am - 3.30pm, 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
- AQA 4.7.1 adaptations, interdependence and competition
- Edexcel Topic 9 Ecosystems and Material cycles
- OCR B3 Living together food and ecosystems, B3.3 organisms in an ecosystem
- Eduqas 6.1 organisms in an ecosystem
Added value of this course
- Develop personal skills
- Have fun
- Be inspired by a passion for the subject
- Build friendships