Biology Field Trip
On Friday 28th June, SFC1 Biology A Level and IB ESS students went on a residential two-day field trip to the Margam Park Discovery Centre.
Margam Park is a beautiful 850-acre country estate in South Wales, and we stayed in a modern low-carbon-footprint wooden building, surrounded by countryside.
On the first day, we went to Crymlyn Burrows beach to investigate succession, and saw how the number of different species increased as we went further up the sand dunes towards more favourable conditions.
After a delicious supper back at the Centre, we made the most of the long daylight hours to prepare and set some small mammal traps. We had a chance to walk around the park and had a great opportunity to see the three different species of deer up close, including red deer and the very rare Père David's deer which had been recently introduced as part of an international breeding program.
The next morning, after a delicious breakfast, we went out to check the mammal traps, and to our delight, we discovered that we had caught various species of mice and a vole. After identification, we set the mammals free in the same place in which we had found them so that they could return to their habitats.
We then walked across the estate to the Nant Phillip stream, where we collected data on the distribution of freshwater species within the river and how abiotic factors such as water velocity affects where certain species live.