Local forest provides geography lessonPosted: 28th June 2022
The local forest provided the perfect location for young people to learn about an endangered ecosystem.
Year 10 nuture class students, studying towards the Humanities Award qualification for their GCSE took a trip to Epping Forest.
As part of their geography module, students are required to study an endangered local or national ecosystem.
Working with Epping Forest Field Study Council, students were able to explore the forest as visitors while developing their individual learning skills.
After a briefing, students identified tree species, discussed layers of the forest, measured the extent of biodiversity, viewed methods of forest management and studies the locations of rare species.
They also studied the forest for evidence of dangers and threats to the ecosystem.
Amy Collins, head of history and citizenship lead, said: “Students were shocked to see the extent of littering; finding whole coffee cups and discarded items of clothing in the space of only a few metres. They became quickly concerned of the likeliness that birds and foxes would perceive these items as food, consume them and likely become ill.
“Students interviewed Ranger Paula about other dangers and the forest’s attempts to prevent these activities; including the signage now displayed to stop off-path tracking, littering and mushroom picking.
“Students enjoyed their visit so much, they have expressed an interest in returning with family and friends.”