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18 June 2019

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Y12 Biology Field Trip to Kew Gardens: Biodiversity in English Weather!

Report by Dan Kellett, Biology Teacher

All Y12 Biology students ventured boldly into the heavy rain of a good old-fashioned English Summer on 13th June, to complete their ecology fieldwork at Kew Gardens Learning centre, accompanied by Dan and Ryan.

Once there, and with the help of Kew Garden’s staff teacher, Rebecca, equipped with soil temperature and humidity probes (to name but a few of their specialist instruments), they spent the afternoon identifying and counting plant species in two parts of the park. 

This is not as easy (or boring) as it sounds! After toiling away for hours with complicated instruments, and recording their findings on sheets of paper that was dissolving in the rain, our students definitely got a feel for the endless variety of grasses and flowers (Could you identify species such as Yarrow, Mouse Ear, or Germander Speedwell?)

They worked very scientifically. Random coordinates were generated, quadrats were placed (not an easy task in knee-high grass!) and data were recorded in suitable tables, using appropriate units and conventions! This concluded the mandatory core practical, leaving us time to explore the famous tropical glasshouse, where the din of planes landing at Heathrow was less deafening.

Most importantly, the excursion helped challenge the grievous misconception that plants are boring! Well done to all the participants, who really knuckled down and worked together as true field scientists.

                  Y12 Biology Students Identify and Count Plant Species         Y12 Students Using Soil Temperature and Humidity Probes

                  Hardworking Biology Students         Group Photo of Students and Biology Teacher Ryan

 

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