Geography Y12 Fieldtrip 2018

She can erode sand dunes, but Emma can’t stop our geographers

Well, she can hold them back perhaps: after a delay of 24 hours, our intrepid year 12 geographers headed out on an eerily quiet motorway system to Pembrokeshire for their A level field trip.

The impact of Storm Emma became clear as soon as the Severn was crossed. Around Cardiff the snowdrifts were pristine ocean liners at anchor on the hard shoulder.

An extra driver went with the team to Port Talbot, and headed back to London on a train which had to stop frequenly to wait for the track to be dug out of the snow in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Students undertook some human geography fieldwork in Port Talbot, looking at the impact of globalisation on what is essentially a single-industry town. The following morning the team headed off to the beaches around Tenby to find fresh erosion that had resulted from the recent storm surges and spring tides. Here they undertake a decision making exercise about coastal defences.

An action packed time ahead, as students try to make up for the day lost on Friday. Thanks to Mr Gerretsen, Ms McCaffrey, Mr Latus and Mr Johnson for braving the cold with our students!