Students investigate coastal and New Forest challenges

Students investigate coastal and New Forest challenges

Year 10 students from the Wey Valley School took part in a series of curriculum visits to Lyme Regis and Brockenhurst to research the coastal management measures and the impact of tourism in the New Forest.

As part of Geography fieldwork trips over a two week period, students carried out a variety of research techniques at both venues, including beach profile visits, wave direction, frequency and height, a review of coastal defence strategies and field sketches.  During the visit to the New Forest, students received a talk from a National Trust lead on the history of the New Forest and the current challenges faced by the local community.  Students then toured the village carrying out questionnaires, traffic counts, building reviews and qualitative research with observations on commercial and financial challenges in the village.


Mr Stephen Richards, 2nd in charge of the Humanities team and trip lead organiser, praised the student groups during their visits.  Mr Richards added, ‘the students have carried out a significant amount of research during testing hot weather conditions and this data will stand them in good stead for the Year 11 Geography studies as we take it back to the classroom’.

 

Mr Richards also commended students on their team work; ‘the team work on show was great with students taking turns to measure beach profiles and exchange views on coastal management techniques.  Well done to all!’