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KS5 | Rocky Shore Ecology

This live lesson from the rocky shore will explore species diversity on the UK’s coastline. Students will be encouraged to draw upon and apply their GCSE Science knowledge, to A level Biology content, building their ecology and fieldwork knowledge and skills.

FSC’s expert field tutor will answer questions about this rocky shore ecology investigation.

For more information about Rocky Shores including the 10 Quadrats mentioned in this video click the button below.

Rocky Shores and Quadrats

Broadcast on Thu 23 Apr 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 16-18

Prepare your class for this live lesson by using the supporting resources available on this page, which support students to build an understanding of this fieldwork location and unpick the aim of this investigation. Students can use a variety of secondary data sources to interrogate the location, find out about the abiotic conditions of this location and the species found here.

Develop students’ fieldwork and ecology skills using these resources and help students to think of questions to ask the expert field tutor. FSC will try to answer as many questions as possible.

Live lessons can easily accommodate learners joining from home. Read our extra guidance for school closures here.

Lesson Outline

1. Introduction (5 mins)

We will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the aim of the fieldwork enquiry.

2. Subject knowledge (5 minutes)

Your tutor will then introduce the site and recap the aim of the investigation. Before sharing why this location has been chosen to investigate this question and to consider how to work safely in this environment.

3. Activity Time (20 minutes)

The tutor will introduce how to sample and collect data on the rocky shore. They will showcase two key species found on the rocky shore, students can work alongside us to use identification keys to identify the species and some key features and adaptations of these organisms.

Students will be encouraged to participate by engaging with the sampling techniques shown during the live session to collect data on the presence and abundance of species at different points along the rocky shore.

At this point, questions can be submitted via the Live chat.

4. Q&A and Conclusions (15 minutes)

After completing the fieldwork your tutor will be able to answer pre-submitted questions including evaluating the fieldwork methods and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast we will suggest ways to continue building the skills and knowledge to progress to A level and the role of big data to consider how a changing climate may influence these results in the future. They will also share what’s coming up in #fieldworklive 2020.


FSC Fieldwork live Speaker Jack Lucas

Jack Lucas

Senior Tutor, FSC

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