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
Duration: up to 5.5 hours
Location: Cavedale, Castleton
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