On 6th October, 47 Remove geographers set off to the stunning Jurassic coastline of Studland and Old Harry Rocks, to carry out primary data collection along the fascinating coastline. Sunday afternoon started with a gentle stroll on Studland beach, which is a National Nature Reserve and an SSSI, pupils were collecting data to see how the large volumes of tourists are managed on this long stretch of stunning coastline. The group ventured out to Old Harry Rocks, pupils were excited to see these famous natural chalk stacks and stumps, having studied them in the classroom. The geographers then headed to their accommodation for the evening – Swanage YHA. The rooms and food were excellent; followed by a post-supper classroom session to run through the data collection methods for Monday.
Monday morning arrived and after a superb cooked breakfast, Dean Close hit Swanage beach and started measuring groynes to see if the process of Longshore-drift was active along the coast of the bay. The pupils also practised several other primary data collection techniques, heading back along the beach to carry out a landuse survey in Swanage town, with a little free time to sample the delicious pasties. After taking some artistic photos on the front, the group walked up the steep slopes back to the YHA and settled back in to the classroom to consolidate their findings.
Head of Geography, Claire Bourne, said, “It was fantastic to see our Removes out in the sunshine, experiencing some awesome coastal features first hand. I was very proud of their team work when collecting data on the Monday. ”