Biology trip to Sheringham
I was expecting the biology trip to Sheringham to be a tedious excursion filled with dull fieldwork and statistical analysis. However, it turned out to be full of thrills and memories that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. Even the gruelling statistical analysis was fun, and we had a few chuckles as we drew up the graphs.
The day began with a hearty full English breakfast, which all of us happily wolfed down. In the free time between breakfast and the fieldwork, most of us went around to explore the vibrant town of Sheringham. Our exploration was aided by the warm weather, and we did not suffer from rain during the trip. This was extremely fortunate for me as I had forgotten to bring any waterproofs!
The fieldwork was far more fun than any of us had anticipated as we all worked with our friends, which resulted in excellent team spirit allowing us to complete all our investigations efficiently with minimal disruptions. We carried out the fieldwork in several locations: a hydrosere, the river Graven, the sand dunes and the rocks pools. My personal favourite was the rock pools where we had a competition to find the biggest crab. This, ultimately, resulted in me receiving a lot of bites from several very angry crabs who did not appreciate me picking them up. Our visit to the sand dunes was not just filled with a lot of exploration, but it additionally served as an ideal photography place which made it well worth the long trek. The hydrosere was a boggy marsh filled with greenery and trees in surrounding woodland area. It additionally contained a platform that we could climb up to get a better view of the stunning Norfolk countryside.
Our job at all these areas was to collect information on the biotic and abiotic factors that affected the distribution of life in the ecosystem. We would use the information we collected to try to work out how the distributions of organisms are impacted by factors such as the temperature of the environment; humidity of the air; moisture levels of the dirt and the pH of the water. Many of the places we carried out the fieldwork in were sites of special scientific interest, and we had to take care not to damage the habitat or its wildlife whilst carrying out our investigation.
After carrying out fieldwork, we would return to the youth hostel to be served dinner, which usually included lots of chips. The dinner period was usually filled with lots of chatter of what we were going to do in our free time after we had finished the statistical analysis. The work was quite long, but all of us managed pull up our socks and finish it so we could spend the rest of the evening around Sheringham town and beach. The beach was stunning in the evening, and we had a lot of fun climbing across the rocks.
Overall, the trip was very enjoyable, and we were all sad to wave goodbye to Sheringham. I certainly hope the pupils next year will have as much as we did.
Written by Matthew Kokkat