Ecology Field Day for L6
Thursday 4th July 2013
On Wednesday 26 June, the Lower Sixth Biologists visited Greenfield Farm and Watlington Hill on an ecology field day.
At the farm the girls were given a tour of a flower meadow, which is managed as part of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme. The owner of the site, Mr Andrew Ingram, whose daughters attended Queen Anne’s, took us around his flower meadows, which include rare orchids and butterflies. He explained about the conservation work he carries out and the importance of maintaining biodiversity.
Following this we travelled the short distance to the National Trust site at Watlington Hill. This provides a diverse mix of habitats, including rich chalk downland, chalk scrub, broadleaved and yew woodland, acidic grassland and acidic scrub that support an extensive range of rare plants, butterflies, mosses and lichens. There are stunning views of the surrounding Oxfordshire plain from Watlington Hill. Watlington Hill forms part of the Watlington and Pyrton Hill Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Here the girls carried out a range of ecological techniques to support their A level Biology course. The girls worked extremely well, enjoyed the good weather and now have good foundation for the ecology that they will study next academic year.