Geography Field Trip to Nettlecombe Court

The Year 11 Geography students embarked on their residential trip to Somerset to undertake their mandatory fieldwork for the new GCSE. En route to the field centre at Nettlecombe the students stopped at Taunton to conduct an urban study into how land use changes with distance from the Central Business District in Taunton, making use of both quantitative and qualitative techniques.

For most students the stand out memory of the trip was the visit to Porlock Bay to examine how long shore drift and coastal erosion have shaped the large shingle ridge within the bay; the ridge itself was breached in a storm in 1996 and since then has been subject to a policy of managed retreat.

The students worked hard during their visit and collected lots of good quality primary data that will be invaluable in helping them prepare for Paper Three.


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