21 June 2018

On Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th June, the Year 10 geography classes went on an essential trip for our GCSE studies. We spent the day on Formby Beach and in Southport. But there was no time for sunbathing or the arcade, not even lots of time for photos (though I managed to get a few). We had work to do. In small groups we were studying sand dunes in Formby and land use in Southport. It was easy, thanks to all the help and preparation we had been doing for weeks before the trip. Nevertheless, we had results to gather and data to find, and not a lot of time to do it in.

We began in Formby with a long, long walk along the sea shore. We were not five minutes in and all our shoes were full of sand, but we had other fish to fry. To prove one of our hypotheses, we needed to climb a dune and measure the amount of vegetation as we went further inland. This was a difficult challenge, requiring concentration and balance, whilst not forgetting to take down the results accurately. Yet we persevered and finally made it up the dune, to be met by sharp, long unavoidable Marram grass. Even though we were tired and beginning to get hungry, we powered through and made it out the other side, data collected. Next, we walked the red squirrel trail to look at all the differences between the forest and the beach. We also stopped to look at the way humans have impacted the beach and forest, for example, by making footpaths. But this wasn’t for long, as lunch time approached we needed to make our way to Ocean Plaza, Southport.

To understand more about land use in the centre of large cities, we filled land use maps covering different areas of Southport. We also took a little detour for lunch, before taking surveys and pedestrian counts and moving on to the next areas. Overall, the day was a great experience for all involved and we all learnt what we needed for our case study. This trip only happens once a year, but I can say with confidence that we certainly had the most fun and can’t wait for another opportunity like this one.

by Rachel, 10C2