A-level Biology Fieldtrip

Malham Tarn was the fantastic location of the A-level biology field trip in early March. Accompanied by Mrs Queenan and Dr Heath, all twenty one students enjoyed three days away at the field centre at Malham which is run by Field Studies Council. This was made possible by very generous funding by Caedmon College. Students benefited from ecology practical classes at several sites within the beautiful Malham Tarn Estate including the use of quadrats and line transects, and (possibly the highlight) kick-sampling for freshwater invertebrates in Goredale Beck. In theory classes delivered in the rather grand Malham House students learned about ecological sampling techniques and different statistical tests for analysing data. We managed to dodge the worst of the wintry weather and despite the chill which froze the waters of the tarn we were able to collect ample good quality data for analysis back in college later. Thanks to the staff at Malham who provided excellent teaching and support, as well as a very warm welcome. Thanks also to the students themselves who were hugely enthusiastic and positive about the whole experience. Their hard work and immaculate behaviour helped to make this residential the success that it was.

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