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U6 Biology Fieldwork

On Wednesday 19th November, the U6 Biology class visited the Rhyd–y-Creuau Field Studies Centre in Betws-y-Coed, in order to investigate the process of succession as part of our A-level course. The site at which we carried the fieldwork out was Harlech beach, a natural nature reserve that contains a mixture of habitats where a variety of rare plants and animals are situated.

We took 10 samples at each site along a transect, that stretched from the beach itself through the sand dunes, to the forestry behind the beach.  This process enabled us to see how vegetation has colonised and changed the environment over a period of 400 years.
The day was thoroughly enjoyable, with homemade sushi for lunch and several stops in the Field Studies Centre’s café; as well as being productive, because it enabled us to visualize the different sampling techniques as well as the process of succession.

Caira Williams

Posted on: December 19, 2014