Geography A2 students had the opportunity to visit Anglesey and braved the weather conditions to conduct research to aid their examinations.
A student account of the field trip is given below:
After setting off from College at a time when most students are just about getting out of bed, we arrived at Aberffraw beach at 11am. Luckily, the weather was in our favour and allowed us to do some in depth research on the sand dunes in this area of outstanding natural beauty. We conducted transects and found the species of flora and fauna which made this area special for biodiversity.
We then travelled up to the north of the island for our visit of Wylfa Nuclear Power station. Here, we listened to the history of the station and the problems it faces as it attempts to decommission. This will prove a useful case study for our Energy Security topic.
We arrived at the hostel at 4pm and had time to unwind before heading off for dinner at a local restaurant. We had chance to socialise together in the evening, and even found time for an adventurous game of charades, before heading off to our rooms.
Friday involved a visit to Parys Mountain, a former copper mine, but the weather conditions were too horrendous to do much research other than visual reports. We then visited the Blue Planet Aquarium where the objective was to discover whether this centre helped or hindered conservation of biodiversity. Most of us concluded that the profit driven nature of Blue Planet meant that positive impacts on biodiversity were minimal.
This proved to be a very enjoyable and educational visit that we recommend highly to future students.