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FSC Preston Montford has been an outdoor classroom since 1957 and is a Field Studies Council centre. We deliver curriculum related outdoor education by the experts; from pre-school to Masters level; for infants, school students, undergraduates and enquiring adults with an interest in the natural world. Courses for schools and individuals. A venue for others to use; with bed space for 130, catering facilities and 7 fully equipped teaching and meeting spaces.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

OU Soils and Vegetation course

Open University students have been working on new field course "SXE288-Vegetation and Soils in the Field"
First evening on Preston Rough examining a soil core
After an evening at Preston Montford of soils, vegetation and GPS  students developed their skills of plant identification and soil description high on the Long Mynd above Church Stretton. This was followed up with laboratory work on soils chemistry and physics and matching the plant communities to the National Vegetation Classification system.
Looking North across Carding Mill valley to Caer Caradoc and the Wrekin
Identifying and estimating abundance of plants

Soil profile from Long Mynd grassland-almost a podsol

The final couple of days involved students developing hypotheses and collecting data to study relationships between plants and soil at Stapeley Hill.

South towards the phacolith of Dolerite that forms Corndon Hill

Bob's bottles and bags-an organised set of samples ready for analysis
After final sessions plotting sites using a GIS system, analysing soils, dealing with data and discussing results students went home to write a report as part of the assessment process for the whole course.

Discussing results

A good time was had by all...Good luck with writing up..any queries please get in touch
More photos available at URL; bit.ly/OUfiles

Adrian Pickles

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