On the 15th of October Year 8 went two miles down the road to the local nature reserve Scadbury Park. During the morning forms D, E and L went followed by S, T and W in the afternoon.
Scadbury Park lies on the borders of Chislehurst and Sidcup overlooking the River Cray.
During the day each individual on the trip had to consider the following question:
“How does human activity impact on the park and local area?”
To solve the question we gathered four types of data;
- Measuring the width of the footpaths
- Measuring the depth of the footpaths
- Environmental Quality Index
- Field sketch
The research was carried out in small groups (composed of six children and one teacher) in different sections of Scadbury Park.
We also did a field sketch of human and physical features of the landscape we surveyed.
We started the morning off by investigating environmental quality. Here we were measuring levels of :
- Open Space
- Dog Mess
- Noise Pollution
On average we found that Scadbury Park was very clean, free from graffiti and dog mess and full of open space. There was a small litter problem but not much. However there was a big noise problem. This was mainly because of the A20 (the A-road that runs adjacent to the nature reserve), creating a lot of noise pollution due to the amount of traffic passing through.
After finding these results (or something similar) each group then proceeded down a certain path and began measuring the width of it. We did this every ten metres down the path which we measured using a metre rule/ tape measure. These were the key bits of equipment that we needed in order to carry out our width measuring experiment.
The reasoning behind us doing this particular measuring activity was to see whether the path became narrower or wider the further you went. Because of this reason everyone (prior to the trip) had written down a prediction as to whether they thought the path would get narrower or wider. A common prediction was; the path would get narrower as less people would venture that deep, on some paths this was the case; however on others it was the opposite. Some paths varied in width all the way through due to factors like overhanging vegetation, gates and streams.
The next activity we had to do was to measure the depth of the footpath. Along the paths we were measuring for the width, we also measured the depth of the path. We measured the depth three times (at 0 meters, 150 meters and 300 meters). Firstly the group measured the width, then recorded it on the sheet. Next, using the width data, we found the middle of the path and, using the metre ruler, measured the depth. We did this by placing the metre ruler in the ground, at halfway across the path, measured in centimetres how deep the path was.
To conclude our trip we found out that human life has impacted on some areas of Scadbury (e.g. the noise pollution generated by the A20) however the majority of Scadbury remains untouched (particularly habitats for birds) so that future generations can enjoy the park just as we did.
Finally year 8 would like to say thank you to all the teachers for making this year’s trip to Scadbury Park possible: Mrs Goode, Ms Rayner, Mr Perry, Ms Robertson, Ms Bunn, Mr Marsh, Miss Begum, Miss Edwards, Mr Jolin, Miss Jung, Mr Ward, Miss Norwood, Miss Allen, Mr Morera-Mesa, Mrs Williams and Miss Kalnins.