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KS4 Biology: Adaptation to the Environment

Using the parterres at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, students have the opportunity to see eight very different habitats in a small area. These habitats include shingle beach, chalk downland, fenland, heathland, montane and dryland.
The chalk cliff parterre bed at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank is used to explore adaptations to the environment


Students study how plants are adapted to different environments using the Millennium Seed Bank parterres. The habitats studied include shingle beach, chalk downland, fenland, heathland, montane and dryland. This workshop is part of the ecology and biodiversity programme for Key Stage 4.

This is a half-day session or part of a full-day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and is planned in detail prior to the visit.

  • Length: 1.5 to 2 hours
  • Group size: 20 maximum
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students
  • Programme cost: Part of a full- or half-day visit  

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Learning outcomes

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

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • observe the physical characteristics of the habitat
  • investigate how plant are adapted to cope with the environmental conditions
  • use keys to identify plants
  • compare the different habitats

Links to GCSE curriculum

The specifications for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.