Leaping straight into action, keen Upper VI biologists concluded their summer holidays with a week at the Draper's Field Study Centre near Betwys-y-Coed.
Accompanied by Mrs Peel and Mr Keeley, the girls' week included learning about different ecological sampling techniques by studying the communities found on the rocky shores on Anglesey, sand dunes at Harlech and lichen and moss covered trees in the Ancient Woodland around the Field Study Centre.
In the last few days of the course the girls each carried out an individual ecological investigation that will form the coursework element of their Biology A2. Projects varied from a study of pH and worm populations, to investigations into lichens and studies of different freshwater invertebrates. The highlights had to be the starfish; the slow worms uncovered in one of the tutor's gardens (we are now all set to attract them to the wildlife garden here; and the morning that Alice caught two wood mice in her Longman trap, a feat unheard of by our course tutor.