The A Level geographers spent a fun and interesting day at Barton Turf Adventure Centre. They were learning about the carbon and water-cycles as part of their Earth’s Life Support Systems Units.

Nick Sanderson from the Broads Authority organised a really stimulating set of activities to demonstrate the carbon and water cycles and the key role that the Broads play. The students completed a themed-geocache trail, made charcoal from willow twigs and time travelled (with the aid a peat core).

Nick then took us on a tour of Barton Broad by boat. Thank you very much Simon and Sheila Fishwick for making us welcome, Nick Sanderson for the great activities, and of course to Tim Delaney for driving.

The geographers also attended a fantastic “Biodiversity Conference” at the Norwich Castle Museum. After a thought provoking keynote speech that considered the true nature and importance of biodiversity, the students attended workshops on protecting the biodiversity of the sea, the importance of recording species (which included a fantastic tour behind the scenes at the museum) and the impact of disease on trees.