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Field trip for ‘Broad-minded’ Year 9

Year 9 enjoyed an interesting and informative day at the Broads National Park on Wednesday for their geography studies. Beginning with a guided boat trip, they learnt about the uses of the Broads, past and present, and the human impact on the environment. Next the girls had a walk round a nature reserve with the conservationist, who explained the work being done to improve the water quality. The afternoon saw the girls in Hoveton looking at the impact of tourism, interviewing members of the public and gathering statistics on pedestrian and traffic counts, land use and environmental quality. Here are the girls with a new friend!


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Year 9 set sail on The Broads

On Monday, Year 9 had a geography related visit to Wroxham and Hoveton.

The day began with a two-hour boat trip from Wroxham, complete with skipper and a very interesting and informative commentary.

The girls learned a lot about the diverse habitats in the Broads area, home to a huge variety of wildlife including the rare bittern and the swallowtail butterfly, unique to Norfolk. They heard how maintenance plays a vital role in ensuring the habitats are protected from reverting to woodland.

After the boat trip, the girls went into Wroxham itself and tried out some survey techniques they will be using in their GCSE studies next year: land use surveys, questionnaires and character scores.

A welcome ice-cream stop rounded things off nicely before returning to school!

Mrs Grove

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