At the end of term last year, 59 Year 10 students visited Anglesey to complete some of the ecology aspects of the new Biology GCSE curriculum.
On the first day of the visit, we visited Aberffraw on the South Western coast of Anglesey. This beach allowed the students to complete a random sampling activity looking at the distribution of marram grass across the dune system. Bad weather
and the threat of a thunderstorm did mean that we completed this activity very quickly.
On the second day, the weather was much kinder to us. We visited a small cove called Porth Eilian on the North Eastern coast of Anglesey to complete a second sampling activity. This time the students completed a systematic sample of the shore to record the effect of height (position on the shore) against the distribution of the different species. The students also managed to collect some measurements of two dog whelk populations from different shores, which they analysed back at the lab in the evening to discuss possible explanations due to evolution by natural selection.
On the last day of the visit, the students visited the School of Ocean Science at Menai Bridge. This campus is part of Bangor University and the students were treated to a tour of the facilities, a practical activity identifying plankton and a lecture from the Head of School about extreme environments. We returned to school late on the Friday afternoon very tired but extremely satisfied with the hard work and effort put in by all of the students.