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Exploring biodiversity using fieldwork skills Pt. 2

Can farming be beneficial to the environment? The Field Studies Council and NFU Education have teamed up to bring you this collection of live lessons that will explore the relationship between agriculture and biodiversity. We will be inviting your students to get involved by setting up their own pitfall traps to investigate and compare invertebrate species richness in a school field and farm environment. Then learners will then be given the opportunity to put their questions to the experts.

These live lessons are suited to all students studying human impact on ecosystems and will be of particular relevance to those studying science or geography at GCSE.

Broadcast on Wed 3 Nov 2021
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 11-14, Ages 14-16
Learning Outcomes

Human activity and its impact on the environment

  • Describe negative human interactions within ecosystems and explain their impact on biodiversity


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Session outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

The live lesson will open with an introduction to the session. The host will give any shout outs to participating students and schools.

2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)

The host will explain the three levels of diversity that can be measured: habitat/ecosystem diversity, species diversity and genetic diversity and discuss the concept of species diversity versus species richness.

3. Field work (30 mins)

The host will demonstrate how to set up two pitfall traps to enable students to set up their own investigations to explore biodiversity in two contrasting locations.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)

The last section allows for classes and students to ask further questions to clarify any of the points covered or to deepen their knowledge. Before the next lesson, students will be invited to take part in a poll on their attitudes towards farming and biodiversity and submit the data they have collected from their field work.


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Jennie Devine

Education Manager, National Farmers' Union

Lewis Withey

Lewis Withey

Tutor, Field Studies Council

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Edward Tate

Farmer, The Isle Estate


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