Further and higher education programme at Calshot Activities Centre

CalshotInvestigating a New Forest heathland slope gives the opportunity for A-level students to explore the vegetation growing in this specialist environment and collect a range of abiotic data. At Dibden Bottom, (pictured), students work in small teams to set up transects and use systematic quadrat sampling and ID keys to record changes in vegetation down the slope. During classroom sessions, students use kite diagrams, scatter plots and statistical testing to analyse their data before writing conclusions. As such, the investigation covers key methodological and data analysis and presentation methods required for a range of exam board specifications.