A fun and interesting trip for biologists.
On the first weekend of term, the triple science group went to Crandedale for a weekend full of Biology. On behalf of my year group I can say that we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. After the four hour journey to get there, we were all very tired, and very hungry. All we wanted to do was sleep! However, we were plunged into our first session a few minutes after dinner and went off to trap some small mammals (in a humane way our tutor assured us). Armed with traps full of food and hay, we set off to the woods to place our traps. In the morning we found that our hard work had paid off, as we found four tiny wood mice. We learnt all about how biologists track the population of species. It is more interesting than it sounds!
Saturday was the most packed day and also the most tiring. We spent the day at Bridlington harbour and a RSPB bird watching area. We learnt about sustainable lobster fishing and food chains. We learnt about how the gannets are affected by plankton moving in the sea to get to colder seas. Unfortunately, it was raining all day and so we couldn’t enjoy our lunch while watching scenery and instead had to eat it in the car.
For me, I think that Sunday was the best day as we were able to see lots of animals. We started off at the trout farm and then to a small holding where we saw pigs, chickens and goats. We learnt about selective breeding. A few of us also bottle-fed a baby goat.
Although the activities were fun, I think our favourite time of day was in the evenings when we had free time to spend in the common room where we talked, played football, table tennis, cards, and also a very intense game of Jenga. The food was also very good when we came back hungry, especially the giant chocolate cake on the last day which we surprisingly managed to finish!
Overall Cranedale was an amazing trip and I would encourage everyone to go.