From Monday 25th to Friday 29th January 2010 the Trinity School Geography Department returned to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales for this year’s cohort of AS geographers to gain the necessary practical skills and experience that is essential for their exams in this subject.
On arrival the group studied the processes of plant succession up a hillside behind the field centre and once at the top had the opportunity to carry out a field sketch of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. This was followed by a night hike, where the students, under supervision, had to practise their map skills and navigate their route back to the field centre!
The first full day was spent taking measurements of the River Glaslyn from near its source on the side of Mount Snowdon, to compare with how the river changes further along its course. Another day was spent surveying the beach, coastal processes and sea defences at Criccieth, with a walk along the shore to study the unique rock formations at Black Rock Sands. A third day was spent carrying out a town centre survey of the resort town of Porthmadog. Each evening entailed a mixture of fieldwork follow up work and some games.
Tired But Happy
Although a little tired by the end of the week, the group had achieved a great deal and both students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the experience.