10 May 2017

It was a cool day for the annual Year 7 Science Field Trip to the Environmental Education Centre at Sutton Courtenay, but the rain stayed away this year and the boys were really looking forward to the day.

Our purpose was to learn about different habitats and the adaptations of plants and animals that live in them. In the woodland we collected minibeasts such as ground beetles and slugs. We also observed some baby newts hiding underneath tree trunks and evidence of bees digging a hole in a tree trunk. Pond-dipping brought us aquatic creatures galore to identify including voracious dragonfly nymphs and water boatmen and older newts who had returned to the pond to breed. 

In the afternoon, everyone was assigned a different creature to research. We had to find out which natural habitat: meadow, wetland, or woodland could supply the right combination of food, water, air and shelter for our creature. Back inside, this ended in a fun debate in which the wetland creatures appealed to the meadow and woodland ones to see if they could live elsewhere if their habitat was destroyed – not all creatures could survive away from the wetland. It was a fun and educational day and many thanks to Corinne and Charlotte from the centre for leading the activities.

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