Secondary Schools

Bog Ecology Studies for Junior & Leaving Certificate students.

The programme we offer is designed to suit the fieldwork requirement of the Junior Certificate Science & Leaving Certificate Biology course. The study takes place within the grounds of the Visitor Centre.

The National Parks & Wildlife Service runs a series of Education Centres around the country. The Education Centres aim to raise awareness of the natural world and of conservation. Programmes are free of charge to schools, and to the general public. Each centre offers site specific programmes, but typically, they may offer Nature Awareness programmes to primary schools and ecology and geography fieldwork to secondary schools. They may also offer special events and tours for the public.

 

Aims of National Parks & Wildlife Service’s Education Programme:

To promote respect, understanding and care for heritage and particularly for the natural world.

To encourage the development of environmentally friendly practices.

To inform the public about the National Parks and Wildlife service and their role in conservation.

 

Ballycroy National Park Education Programme 2017

We will be taking bookings from April 2017

We are open from April to the end of October to all interested schools and groups.

The Education Programme is FREE of charge.

 

Secondary School Programme – Ecology/ Habitat Study

 

The programme we offer is designed to suit the fieldwork requirement of the Junior Certificate Science & Leaving Certificate Biology course. The study takes place within the grounds of the Visitor Centre.

 

Fieldwork Activities Outline

 

  • Use of simple keys to identify any five plants (flora)
  • Use of simple keys to identify any five animals (fauna)
  • Use of various pieces of equipment required to collect animals in an ecosystem
  • Carry out a qualitative study of a habitat
  • Carry out a quantitative study of a habitat
  • Investigation of various abiotic factors within the habitat being studied

 

Procedure Outline

 

  • Set pitfall traps & Mammal Trap
  • Draw habitat map
  • Vegetation Survey
  • Identification & description of five plant species
  • Percentage frequency survey (qualitative)
  • Percentage cover survey (quantitative)
  • Invertebrate & Vertebrate Survey
  • Identification & description of five animal species
  • Collection of pitfall traps & mammal trap
  • Pond dipping
  • Factors Affecting the Study Site

 

Classroom Outline

 

  • Compare results between the 2 methods used in the vegetation survey and discuss their
  • effectiveness.
  • Competition & Adaptation of Plants & Animals
  • Conservation
  • Food Chains/Webs & Pyramid of Numbers