The best way to learn the basics of fieldwork is by students conducting it themselves. Students will survey and a special habitat in Painshill; either the serpentine lake, broadleaf woodland or species-rich meadow. Students will learn how sample and collect data, present and interpret this data. Students will learn to think critically about fieldwork design, hypotheses testing and sampling techniques. This activity can take place over a whole day or several days.
Varying levels of light typically determine plant distribution but other factors such as soil pH and texture, temperature and humidity will be recorded to provide control variables. Easy-to-use plant cards are used to aid identification. Students will select from the strategies they have developed and apply these to a series of mini-investigations, including how seeds are transported and estimating the age of woodland
Terrestrial and Pond Invertebrates
Students collect, observe and learn about the adaptations of different organisms in different habitats including our 14 acre lake, heathland and woodland. Identification and classification are aided by the use of keys, viewers and a digital microscope. Different topics will be discussed, including food chains, pyramids and life cycles.