Published on: Monday, October 3, 2022

On a recent geography field trip, nineteen Upper Sixth Form geographers collected fieldwork data along the Jurassic Coast for their A-level independent investigations. 

Based in Swanage, the geographers conducted projects that ranged from measuring the success of coastal management strategies within Swanage bay to the impact that humans have had on the sand dune ecosystems at Studland. Some students compared the quality of life in two adjacent deprived areas of Bournemouth whilst others evaluated how successful the Bournemouth pier regeneration project was.

The group learnt how to design their enquiries in order to collect various types of data such as: questionnaires and interviews, recording sediment height on either side of groynes, land use surveys and conducting transects to measure plant biodiversity. The group worked incredibly hard both out in the field and within the classroom sessions and were rewarded for their efforts with pirate and dinosaur-themed mini golf. On their journey home the geographers were able to visit Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door in order to see real-life evidence of coastal processes in action. We were fortunate enough to have sunshine across the weekend without a drop of rain in sight!

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