News from The Kings of Wessex Academy

Biologists get up close to nature

10th July, 2018 by Jude Owens

Year 12 Biologists from The Kings of Wessex Academy got up close to nature in the sunshine on their recent Biology fieldtrip to beautiful Dale in Pembrokeshire.

On the first day students studied changes in vegetation and the adaptations of organisms found at Gann Salt Marsh, a very rare and sensitive Site of Special Scientific Interest. Day two was spent on the spectacular island of Skomer where the students saw first-hand how conservation can benefit wildlife and increase biodiversity, and observed evidence of speciation. Skomer Island is one of the world’s most important breeding sites for sea birds, and the students were delighted to observe puffins, razorbills, guillemots, and gannets fishing and feeding young.

On the last day the students investigated the distribution of organisms on a sheltered rocky shore and successfully completed one of the required practical investigations for the AQA course.

Teacher of Biology Lou Meldon who organised the trip said:

“This was an excellent trip that allowed students to put their Biological studies into practice and really brought the subject to life in such beautiful surroundings. I was pleased with the students’ enthusiasm and curiosity and glad we could observe some creatures in their natural habitat.”