As part of our A Level Geography course, we were provided with the opportunity to learn more about our coasts during a 4 day visit to Osmington Bay, Dorset.
The purpose of our field trip was to learn more about the ways in which coasts behave and how they change as they are impacted by humans. On our trip we visited many famous coastal sites, including Lulworth Cove, Stair Hole and Durdle Door, enabling us to see features such as stacks, arches, caves, stumps, coves and headlands up close and personal.
At each beach site we measured lots of key coastal changes, including longshore drift, beach profile and wave types and count. To do this we learnt new skills such as how to use levels and ranging poles. When making the measurements we were placed in teams, this allowed us to develop team work skills and independent learning.
For our second piece of field learning we went to Weymouth. We did this to see how housing, services and population structure have changed since the 2012 Olympic Sailing Events. Our main aim was to find out if the regeneration projects had been a success. We were all fascinated to learn about the history of Weymouth and how it has changed over time – despite Storm Emma nearly blowing us away!
Overall, we all really enjoyed the opportunity to get ‘out and about’ to see a coastal system first hand and to study geography at close quarters.