Biologists find their natural habitat

FormbyA BEACH became an outdoor classroom for biologists from Priestley College.

More than 40 A-Level students headed to Formby to investigate how environments have changed over the decades as well as measure the abundance of populations both on the beach and in woodland.

“It was good to have a go at the data-collecting techniques we learn about in class,” said former Culcheth High pupil Emily Lowndes, who is also studying Chemistry and English Language A-Levels.

The study trip allowed students to use the techniques and tools of fieldwork such as quadrants.

They investigated various habitats as well as the vegetation that grows there and will now explore their findings back in the classroom.

Priestley offers A-Level Biology as a pathway to careers in medicine, veterinary science, environmental health and pharmacy, to name just a few.

“We believe in getting students out into the field wherever we can so they can put into practice the things we discuss in college,” said Dr Louise Norbury, Head of Biology at Priestley.

“It energises the students who then bring that love for the subject back to the classroom.”

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