An introduction to forest ecology

(KS3 - KS5)

The aim of this half/full day visit is to introduce students to practical examples of some of the key ecological principles they have covered in theory and to extend their knowledge by looking at a forest ecosystem. We will explore:

Energy flow within the ecosystem - producers and consumers

The role of detritivores and decomposers in nutrient cycles

Succession and the development of woodland since the last glaciation

Habitats within the forest system

Niches

The importance of mycorrhizal associations in forest systems
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