Basic knowledge in chemistry and mathematics is an advantage.
The course builds on prevailing ecological understanding from the level of individuals to populations and communities and finally to the ecosystem level.
Day five involved a busy classroom session where lap tops were put into full use.
Some students had progressed onto 16 pages of their write-up by the end of the morning as well as completing their statistical tests, something that they had never dreamed of possibly achieving at the start of the visit!
A final visit to the succession plots and the sycamore woodland meant that the group was fully prepared to design their independent project.
In the afternoon, three students headed to the meanders whilst James Cuxson bravely signed up for a rocky shore project.
This includes the components of cells, the molecules which make up living things and the reactions between them.
It also compares the systems found in plants and animals which are necessary for life.
The reward of a delicious dinner after their long day in the manor’s Old Ballroom was certainly worth the wait.
Additional cakes brought to the classroom in the evening session also helped ease the pain of late night statistical analysis!