The field study team of 20 students and three teachers arrived at the Slapton Ley Field Study Centre UK at about 10:30pm on Monday, 31 October 2016.
The program is outlined below
|Plenary Session||9:00-10:30 am|
|Fieldwork/data collection||11:00am -4:30pm|
|Laboratory analysis and data collection exercise||4:45-5:45pm|
|Seminars and write-up sessions||7:00-8:30pm|
|Day One Monday 31 October||Arrival at FSC|
|Breakfast was served at 8:00am and was followed by an introductory workshop from 9:00-10:30am with our instructor be Nick Paskin.
We were then given equipment such as a tape measure, a meter rule, quadrant and a clipboard, and later we split into groups of three and one group of two.
At 11:00am the field team began a recognisance walk to explore the local coastline, Slapton Sands. We observed the types of plants, the human population, and the salinity of the soil, seed dispersion, moisture content and many other issues for an environmental survey. Students took the opportunity to investigate the social, economic and environmental impacts of tourism, using Tocross Bay as a case study area.
The team then gathered for an investigation of the flora and fauna of at the Slapton shingle beach.
We strolled back to the Slapton Ley Field Centre, to rest for about 40 minutes and soon made our way to the soil lab where we planned to calculate for soil moisture.
The group gathered again after dinner for a seminar on data analysis.
|Biology and ESS students visited the Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve to explore the local nature reserve which is managed by the field centre. This provided the students with an exciting opportunity to learn a variety of ecological sampling techniques in a range of habitats. Specimen collected from the woodlands and the lake were sent to the FSC lab for discussion and analysis before dinner.
Later in the evening the course instructors, Nick and Chloe with the assistance of the accompanying teachers (Richmond, Michael and Yvonne) guided the students to prepare a proposal and practical scheme of work for their own IA.
Geography students took a trip to Dartmouth, a coastal town, and honeypot centre for tourism. Students worked in groups of three to collect a variety of data from five survey zones for their Geography IA. The group arrived at FSC by 4:30pm where the data was collated and pooled together for analysis.
There was a seminar after dinner which gave the students an opportunity to learn variety of skills for the treatment and analysis of the data collected.
| Day Four: Thursday, 3 November
|There was a seminar for Biology and ESS students to present and explain their practical scheme of work. Each student was given the set of equipment needed for the collection of both quantitative and qualitative data on the nature reserve in a habitat of their choice. Data was collected from Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve and Slapton Sands Shingle beach.
The data collected were sent to the FSC lab for further analysis.
Later in the evening, series of seminars on statistical techniques for data analysis were organised for the students.
The Geography students stayed at the FSC seminar room under the supervision of Miss Tagoe and started the write-up their IA.
| Day Five Friday, 4 November
|Write-up, shopping at Plymouth and departure
The day was mostly dedicated to the write-up of IAs. Workshops were organised through-out the sessions to explain how to appropriately present, analyse and evaluate data. The accompanying teachers and the course instructor provided the technical assistance for the write-up.
At 12:30pm, the group then proceeded to Plymouth, an urban centre which is about an hour drive away from The Field Centre for shopping. The team arrived at 6:15pm at the Field Centre, had dinner at 7:00pm, cleared and cleaned the labs, packed luggage and departed out of the centre at 11pm.
Saturday, 5 November
|Arrival at Heathrow airport 5:00am, departure at 8:40am.
Arrived in transit at Schiphol airport (Amsterdam) at 11:05am.
Lunch at 11:30am and thereafter departure from Schiphol airport at 2:25pm.
Arrival at Kotoka International Airport, Accra at 8:10pm.