We arrived at the Field Study Centre in Slapton Sands at lunchtime and were greeted by the staff. We were all hungry and the teachers had provided us with a feast of excellent Service Stations sandwiches! After settling in and unpacking we spent the afternoon measuring plant life growing on the shingle ridge at Slapton and exploring the habitat.
On day 2, after packing our lunches, we set off to Start Point, ready for a 7km hike back to the field centre. We paused at the lost village of South Hallsands, a victim of coastal erosion. The walk was enjoyable, if a little breezy, and we studied 3 towns along the route, working on a cost/benefit analysis. We concluded that none of the towns we visited were worth the cost of building expensive sea defences to save them from coastal erosion, although I think the inhabitants may have a slightly different opinion. Our final stop was at Torcross, pausing at the M1 Sherman Tank, abandoned on the seabed following an enemy torpedo strike, during Exercise Tiger in preparation for the D-Day landings. Our final morning was spent in an ancient woodland splashing about in wellies collecting organisms from a quadrat into a net and studying our catch.
We returned home, happy, tired and having had a great time learning about our surroundings.
Tom, Year 9
Thank you to teacher Chris Gallop for these beautiful photos.