Geographers explored a muddy salt marsh, measured river flow and climbed Snowdon during a field study trip to Wales. Each day they tackled a different task in coastal, river, marsh and mountainous environments, sometimes measuring rainfall, analysing soil or gauging coastal erosion patterns from measuring pebbles on the beach.
One day’s task was studying a two and a half kilometre stretch of the Nant Peris river and, on the final day, the party ascended most of Snowdon, being led up arduous paths by an experienced mountain rescue worker. The students had to analyse and write up their data from the tasks and often worked into the evenings to finish their reports.
Mrs Hilling and Mr Bidwell accompanied the students. He said: ‘This five-day trip gave them the chance to completely immerse themselves in the world of geography and it took them out of their comfort zones, especially in the middle of a cold river or covered in mud on a salt marsh. I got stuck in the mud twice and lost both my wellies, it was brilliant! It is just a great trip with great students and they all really bonded as a group.’