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KS4 Biology: Woodland Studies

Students take part in a woodland investigation in one of the sustainably managed coppice woodland areas at Wakehurst.
Students carry out a quadrat survey in coppiced woodland.


Students use a variety of fieldwork techniques to investigate the plants found in the coppiced areas. They observe and record the environmental changes which take place at different stages in the coppicing cycle and their effects on plant and animal life.

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

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

Prices and FAQs

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.

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum and GCSE specifications.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • investigate biodiversity in the hazel coppice
  • describe coppicing as a method of sustainable management of woodland
  • compare the re-growth of hazel rods in different coppice plots
  • investigate the effect of coppicing on herbaceous plants
  • measure the factors affecting growth e.g. soil, light, predation
  • compare meadow and woodland habitats

Links to the 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.