Lower Sixth Biology students assembled bright and early on Wednesday morning ready to board the bus to the Field Studies Centre in Amersham. The girls were briefed on the ecology tasks they would be conducting for the day and were out in the ‘field’ comparing the species diversity between coppiced and thinned woodlands. Temperature probes, lux metres, soil pH kits, tape measures and of course quadrats were used to analyse the various biotic and abiotic factors in the different ecosystems.
After completing a drawing of their chosen plant species, the girls headed to the classroom to analyse the data using Simpson’s Index of Biodiversity. After lunch the girls enjoyed developing skills to measure species abundance in open pasture before boarding the bus back to Hammersmith.