Our biology department made the most of the easing of COVID travel restrictions by enthusiastically reviving their traditional A-Level field trip to Dorset.

On Monday 13 September, seventeen Lower Sixth Form biologists, accompanied by Mr Palmer and Miss Bell, spent a couple of sunny days on the south coast investigating an intertidal zone of a rocky shore at Kimmeridge Bay and sand dune succession at Studland Bay.

The residential trip provided boys with an opportunity to learn and apply statistical tests on real world data. They learnt how to collect and analyse biotic and abiotic data, and practice sampling techniques on land in the grounds of Leeson House, where they stayed for the three-day trip.

A highlight of the trip took place on the last morning when boys were treated to a moth, bird and mammal trapping demonstration, where they learnt about the various techniques used. They all worked incredibly hard over the two-day intense period of learning and enjoyed the opportunity to see the theory studied over the past year come to life, guided by some inspirational teaching from the field centre staff.

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