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Key Stage 4 - Field studies in ecology

In this session, secondary school students work in Kew's Conservation Area and learn about the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They also practice field study techniques.

Pond in Kew's conservation area

Conservation Area at Kew Gardens

Overview

Students learn several basic field study skills in biological sampling, including pond dipping, grass sweeping, tree beating and using quadrats and transect lines.  Students also investigate plant and animal biodiversity and the complex interactions between plants, animals and the environment.

  • Length: 90 minutes
  • Group size: 15 students
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students
  • Programme cost: See our Prices and FAQs page for more information

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Learning outcomes

School visits at Kew Gardens support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.

The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:

  • demonstrate several biological sampling techniques
  • explain why ecologists use various sampling techniques, and what kind of data each technique produces
  • justify the use of one method over another (e.g. line transect vs. belt transect)
  • define populations, communities and ecosystems
  • identify some plants and invertebrates using a basic identification key