October 20th, 2012
Eight students from the Central Foundation Boys’ School A2 Biology group spent five days at Juniper Hall Field Centre in Surrey. For the students this was a fantastic opportunity to learn about ecology and field work techniques in a natural environment.
The position of the Juniper Hall Centre gave students the opportunity to collect data in a range of environments including woodland, chalk, grassland and a river ecosystem. They tried new sampling techniques such as the use of belt transects to find the percentage frequency of plant species on Box Hill, and kick sampling in the river to count the organisms living in fast and slow moving water. This introduced them to previously unknown living organisms such as salad burnet and mayfly larvae.
Students then went on to choose their own projects and spent a day in the field using their sampling techniques and collecting data. The trip was partly funded by The Bursary Fund.