A group of 33 A Level biologists took part in an intensive two-day ecology course at Leeson House Field Studies Centre in Dorset during the trips and activities week at the end of the term. They completed systematic and random sampling at Studland Bay Nature Reserve sand dunes, studying the biodiversity and succession of the flora found there. Humane sampling techniques for small mammals and birds were also studied and the students caught a wood mouse and robin. The course was finished off with some pond dipping, as the weather conditions made a planned trip to Kimmeridge Bay impossible. Students compared the species diversity of two ponds, one relatively new and the other very established. They were lucky enough to see great crested newts, damselfly, and dragonfly larvae, to name but a few. The trip was hugely successful and enjoyable, thanks to the students’ enthusiasm, sense of fun and excellent work ethic, in spite of the deluge of rain that fell over the two days.
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