Studying biodiversity in Dorset

Dr Hilary Otter, head of biology, writes: Blue skies, blue sea and high temperatures meant that visiting Studland Beach and Kimmeridge Bay was a hugely enjoyable experience for the L6 biologists in Dorset for the annual A2 biology residential field trip.  As ever, Leeson House Field Studies Centre provided us with a very comfortable base, excellent food and first rate teaching from expert tutors.  Rocky shore, sand dunes, the Leeson House ponds and the wildflower meadows of cliff top Durlstone Country Park hold biodiversity aplenty and gave the girls the opportunity to admire organisms as diverse as endangered Great Crested Newts, carnivorous sundew plants, topshells and beautiful and numerous pyramidal orchids.  Highlights included moth and mammal trapping and a demonstration of bird ringing.

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