Last Wed and Thursday saw a multi-school, joint subjects fieldwork out in some of East Lothian’s top locations.
Biology and Geography Adv Higher pupils from Preston Lodge , Musselburgh Grammar and Ross High traveled round the county, staying overnight at the Innerwick Field-Studies Center.
In the words of Jane Park, Biology teacher at Musselburgh,
“We managed to cover a large part of the required coursework and the pupils were really inspired by our beautiful coastline … think a number of them intend to carry out coastal or countryside investigations as part of their AH project work”
Yesterday Musselburgh Grammer’s Advanced Higher Geographers were out and about around East Lothian seeing some of it’s fine Geographical features and practicing some Geographical fieldwork Methods and Techniques.
First stop was a bracing visit to Yellowcraig beach to investigate the sand-dune progression model. The students collected change of slope measurements using inclinonmeters and sampled plant species change from the shore-line inland to the fixed dunes.
After that it was off to the John Muir Country Park to make ‘basecamp’.
From here we discussed the competing land-uses and potential conflicts of the land-users of the area; recreation, farming, watersports and forestry. Plus interviewing some visitors who looked like they had travelled far to visit the park; they were LAMentaly uncomunicative though.
Final session was a dicussion, view and field-sketch of meanders by Heddrewick Hill. (And had the tide not been so high as to make the river run inland we could have taken some measurements of the flow!)