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A-level biologists taking field samples in Epping Forest

Over two weeks in September, A-level biologists visited Epping Forest in Essex to further their studies.

The two-day field trip to Greater London’s largest open space saw the students learn a variety of techniques used by ecologists to sample habitats, collect data and analyse trends. On the first day they used systematic sampling to investigate the correlation between soil compaction and the abundance of grass.

On their second day, they paid particular attention to pollarded trees which are a feature of Epping Forest. They are useful as they become a habitat for a range of species.

They returned to the laboratory to analyse the data and were shown different ways that they can put this data together to form a presentation by professional scientists. The field trip gave the students a greater understanding of biology in action and has helped prepared them for their A-level exams next summer.

More photos of the field trip can be seen in the gallery by clicking here.

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