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Pony Grazing

This field study encourages students to act as environmental scientists to compare two heathlands one of which has been grazed, one of which has not. Students use the data collected to decide which heathland is better in terms of the plant species present, especially heathers, and soil chemistry.

Four activities are suggested:
Activity A: Soil chemistry tests
Activity B: Grazed heathland vegetation survey
Activity C: Non-grazed heathland vegetation survey
Activity D: Comparison of heathland habitats

A PowerPoint is included which can be used to introduce students to heathlands and the concept of habitat management and the student workbook gives instructions, background and questions for students to work through.

Curriculum links include:
[b]Key Stage Four science:[/b] ecology, interdependence, biotic factors, quadrats/sampling, how science works.
[b]Key Stage Four geography:[/b] ecosystems, human use of the environment, sustainable use of environment.

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