Geography Field Work

On the 13th and14th June, 27 students from Year 10 travelled to Pembrokeshire, for the annual geography field trip. The purpose of this trip was to collect the primary data the students need for their GCSE paper 3 exam.

After arriving in Tenby at midday, we went down onto the beach to look at how the coastal defences work.  This acted as revision for the work we completed earlier on in the term on coasts. The next task was to carry out a tourism impact survey by questioning members of the public about their experiences of tourism in Tenby. At first we were quite nervous but once we had completed a few, we got used to it and were able to get some useful information for our study. Later that evening, we travelled to the Youth Hostel at Broad Haven.  The weather was beautiful, so after a spot of tea and some time in the classroom writing up the results from the day’s work, we set off to explore the beach, rock pools and caves.

The next day we travelled to St. Govan’s Head. This is a small chapel built into the cliff face. From here we had an excellent view of some of the coastal landforms we had studied. We then travelled to our next study site, Fresh Water West. Here, we did a sand dune transect by measuring the number of species and the number of species for every 10m, we travelled back along the sand dune.  After completing the work for the second day, we travelled home. We were very tired but we had a great few days.

Those students who didn’t come to Pembrokeshire had a day of field work experience on 12th June at Gloucester Quays and a section of the river Frome in Stonehouse. We started the day researching the impacts of urban regeneration on the quays, carrying out a land use survey and questionnaires. After lunch we headed to the river Frome. We used the field work equipment to measure the width and depth of the river to see if it had the same characteristics of a middle course river.