Year 13 Geographers visited Valencia this week to practise data collection techniques in preparation for conducting their own independent investigations as part of their A Level course.
On Sunday they visited the Oceanogràfic to explore marine biodiversity and to assess the role it played in conservation as well as using urban field work techniques to explore the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias.
On Monday they went to Albufera National Park. They had a guided tour of the Casa de la Demanà where they learnt about both the ecological and economic importance of the park.
They also had the opportunity to interact with the locals on Tuesday when they walked via the port and neglected industrial areas towards the Cabanyal district, the old fishing quarter that is experiencing gentrification and foreign investment. Questionnaires, land use and other surveys were conducted to explore the threats to this neighbourhood.
This was followed by a quick visit to the Malvarrosa beach where they assessed the role of coastal management in affecting sediment cells and deposition. The weather was great and students seemed to really enjoy developing these essential key skills. Thanks to everyone involved.