A Level Geographers headed to Devon to conduct urban, rural and coastal fieldwork.
Georgie reports back on the highlights of the trip:
‘Our geography fieldwork trip adventure started at Paddington Station, where sixteen enthusiastic students boarded a train bound for Devon. Upon arrival in the historic town of Totnes, we wasted no time in diving into our investigation. Armed with surveys, we fanned out across the town, meticulously collecting data on various aspects of the community.
After a productive day we treated ourselves to a well-deserved treat of ice-cream before returning to the field studies centre to get some rest, ready for the next day’s adventures.
The following day, our group traveled to Plymouth, a vibrant city that offered a stark contrast to the rural charm of Slapton. We visited three distinct areas – Stonehouse, Mutley, and Hartley – and conducted a comparative analysis of social, economic and environmental deprivation. Observing the residents and examining the physical environment, we gained valuable insights into the varying dynamics of urban deprivation. Back at the centre, we congregated to discuss our findings and broaden our understanding of the complex factors influencing social inequality.
The subsequent day was dedicated to a captivating four-hour coastal walk, exploring coastal villages and assessing the cost-effectiveness of sea defences. We also seized the opportunity to collect rocks from the beach, which later became the subject of a study examining rock size in relation to beach location.
On the penultimate day, we embarked on mini independent investigations in small groups. My group chose to assess whether the South Hams was a desirable place to live, collecting data from Slapton and Chillington. In the evening, we all presented our findings to the rest of the group, fostering a collaborative atmosphere.
The final day of the fieldwork trip involved learning how to measure carbon storage in trees, followed by an estimation of the carbon stored within the field center itself. With our newfound skills and knowledge, we packed up our belongings, bidding farewell to Devon as we boarded the train back home.
Reflecting on the trip, we all acquired new skills, developed a deeper understanding of geographical concepts, and forged stronger bonds with our peers. The mission of the fieldwork trip – to prepare for coursework and have a good time – was undoubtedly accomplished.’