AS Biology Students visit Ramore Head

 

In September, an enthusiastic bunch of intrepid year 13 students headed to the rocky shore at Ramore Head in Portrush to complete some fieldwork as part of their AS Biology course. There they developed sampling skills as they completed a belt transect of the shore to see if the different seaweeds were adapted for different zones on the shore. Limpets were also measured to test a hypothesis that the limpets on the exposed shore would be short and squat to avoid them being knocked off the rocks by the action of the waves.

 

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Biology Fieldwork – Portrush 2016

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On Wednesday 14th September 36 AS Biology students headed to the rocky shore at Ramore Head, Portrush to carry out some ecological fieldwork. After a crash course in seaweed identification, the pupils were tasked with completing a belt transect along the shore, from low water mark to high water mark, to record the % cover of the seaweeds as well as any marine animals found there.

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DNA Technology

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AS Biology students developing  their practical techniques within the area of  DNA Technology on the STEM Module, which visited the Rainey today. Some of our students will not perform these techniques again until they are at University.

 

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Lower Sixth Field Trip to Portrush

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On Friday 11th September, 30 Lower 6th Biology students and 3 teachers headed to Portrush for their annual fieldtrip.  We arrived at low tide and took a few minutes to familiarise ourselves with the shore and its inhabitants before getting down to business.  The intention was to gather information on the abundance of several seaweed species across the shore and to measure limpets.

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Biology/Geography Field Work

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This week a joint Biology and Geography field trip took place. The trip included field work in the beautiful grounds of Lissan House and also a tour of the trout hatchery at Orritor road, Cookstown.

Pupils discovered how the breeding programme for fresh water pearl mussels and white clawed cray fish there are benefiting locally endangered species.

 

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