L4 Take a Trip to Beale Park
Monday 14th October 2019
On Thursday 26 September, our L4s took a trip to Beale Park, as part of their biology studies.
This field trip was a wonderful opportunity for our L4 students to explore the theory learnt in the classroom so far. Through energetic games, they were able to reinforce the idea of energy transfer in food chains, interdependence in food webs and bioaccumulation of pesticides.
Practically, students were able to sample the lake to investigate the organisms present and look for adaptations. The students found a lot to interest them including dragonfly nymphs, leeches, pond snails, water shrimp, daphnia, caddis fly larvae and even freshwater mussels.
Once inside the park, students attended several talks by the park keepers on otters, ring tailed lemurs, meerkats and barn owls. They were able to explore the park and discuss all the other species present from tarantulas to reindeers!
The students were very enthusiastic about their visit, as you can read through their feedback below:
Our day at Beale Park was so fun. We started the day by doing really interesting biology games which taught us a lot about food chains as well as having fun. One of the games which we did was about transferring energy (water) from organism to organism. We also did pond dipping, where we found animals which live in the pond, then we would identify the living organisms and put them into a food chain.
After a very busy morning we spent the rest of the afternoon looking at the animals in the park. There were lots of different species of animal. They had farm animals but more exotic animals too. There were owls which were very interesting. They had snowy, grey, barn, eagle and wood owls. There were lots of different birds with bright colours as well. One of the birds had weird funny feathers sticking out of its head!
We visited the train which was very fun. We would circle around the park and see animals that we might have not seen yet. After the train, which was loud and noisy, we finished off with two talks about meerkats and otters.
The otter talk was very interesting and I learned something that I didn’t know before that otters have two fully webbed feet in the back and two that are part webbed for gripping their food. The meerkat talk was most adorable as the whole family tried to eat all the yummy treats before the others could get to it first!
My favourite animal is the meerkat because of its cute eyes and how it digs holes and how it adapts to cold and hot weather.
I would love to visit Beale park again with my family and friends to show them the animals and all the fun we had.
I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Beale Park for so many reasons! I acquired so much knowledge about food chains, food webs, bio-accumulation and pond life in many ways.
There were so many activities to keep us busy and engaged. The pond dipping, though some of us got fairly wet and mucky, was great as I saw and identified so many different pond creatures that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. It was really exciting seeing what we would catch on our next try, and it always kept us in anticipation and excitement, as sometimes we would find a lot of peculiar insects and other times we would find none.
I especially enjoyed the three games we played about food webs, energy transportation and bio-accumulation, but definitely my favourite part of the day was seeing all the adorable animals and there was such a big and interesting variety.
Overall, it was a really fun and interesting day and a wonderful learning experience for me. At Beale Park we got to learn in a fun and active way and I’d love to go again!
We went to Beale Park on the 26 September. We did lots of activities in the field by the river to start in the morning. We learnt that when you go along the food chain the energy decreases, as well as when one part of a food web has a fault there are other options so it is not such a big problem, but the numbers of animals is very likely to change. For example, if the rabbit numbers go down the grass level might go up because nothing is eating it but mouse population might go down because the foxes are eating more mice because there are no rabbits to eat.
We also did pond dipping which was great fun. All of us had a net and we had to try and catch some living organisms. My group caught some a few small lava as well as a water beetle. We then went into the park and I really enjoyed looking at all the animals. There was such a range from beavers to llamas and exotic birds. My favourite was the deer because they’re so pretty. We had a great time. I loved it!