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Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Limestone Grassland Ecology

This quantitative study of one of the Peak District National Parks' ecosystems - limestone grassland, takes place in June and July each year. This uses a selection of fieldwork methods, such as quadrats, transects and identification keys. Various biotic and abiotic parameters can be measured. Excel spreadsheets and statistical analysis can be  used as a self led follow-up activity. There is a very measurable link between the distribution of species like thyme and violets with the aspect of the valley sides (North and South facing).

Available for the new A level Biology core required practical activities starting in September 2015. An investigation into the effect of a named environmental factor on the distribution of a given species using a range of different sampling techniques.

Suitable for: Biology A level students - All exam specs

Availability: June - July

Duration: 10:30 - 16:00

Location: Cavedale, Castleton

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What teachers said about this day:


‘Student’s understanding improved by being out in the field and Staff adapted their delivery in response to feedback. We really enjoyed the days’. Henry Fanshawe School - Dronfield

‘Well organised, good presenters, we have booked again for next year already.’ Littleover School - Derby

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