Geographers decamp to Bournemouth for field study

Warm weather, clear skies and a cool breeze made the L5 Geography coastal environments fieldtrip to Bournemouth a real joy.

As part of the mandatory fieldwork element of the Geography IGCSE, 69 girls took part in a beach profile and sediment size investigation on the extensive pebble beach at Hengistbury Head.

A popular location, three other schools turned up during the morning, while the L5 geographers learned how to work effectively in teams to collect data.

After a swift walk up to the viewpoint on top of Warren Hill, girls drew fieldsketches and learned about the impact of erosion on the local coastline and the formation of Mudeford Spit, with its impressive array of brightly-coloured but expensive (£290,000) beach huts.

In the afternoon they were able to study coastal defences at close range on Boscombe beach and enjoy a quick ice cream on the pier before braving the traffic back to Headington.

Geography teacher Mr Desmond O’Driscoll said: “There were plenty of great memory hooks to help everybody recall their fieldwork techniques.”