Witton Park Fieldwork - Summary Mindmap

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  • Witton Park Fieldwork
    • Location
      • in Blackburn, Lancashire, England
      • 480 acres of mixed woodland, parkland, grassland and farmland
      • 1 mile from Blackburn town centre
      • managed by Blackburn and Darwen Council
    • Aim & Hypothesis
      • Hypothesis - the biodiversity is affected by humans
      • Aim - to investigate the impact of human activity on the different ecosystems
    • Sample Sites
      • Show Field -in the east of the Park woodland area used as an adventure playground and picnic area 
      • Big Cover Wood - in the east of the Park woodland area used as adventure playground and picnic area
      • Pond - in the east of the Park area used as formal gardens with benches and pond
      • Why these 3 sites - different vegetation, different uses
    • Data Collection
      • Transect
        • Why: measure the biodiversity in the area / can see if humans have had an impact on species
        • How: measure 10m and put down quadrat at every 2 / count species in quadrat using DAFOR scale
      • Bi-polar survey
        • How: rated each site on a scale of 1 to 5 on different factors such as safety and appearance
        • Why: measuring things that link to the hypothesis / can see if park is being effectively managed
      • Field Sketch
        • How: drawing a sketch to show what the area looks like in real life and labels were added
        • Why: help us see what biodiversity is like in the area / help our understanding of the geographical features
    • Analysis
      • Field Sketch
        • What the results showed: show field is well maintained and grass was predominant / pond was not well managed and overgrown / wood was overgrown and unkempt and dark, due to no sunlight
        • How it is presented: a sketch supported by photographs of the sites studied
          • Why: able to give us detail with annotations - cannot do this on photographs
      • Bi-polar survey
        • What the results showed: the big cover wood had the highest score of 24 and lowest was pond at 17 / wood was more peaceful and tidy
        • How it is presented: a radar diagram
          • Why: able to compare and contrast the results according to the size of the radar
      • Transect
        • How it is presented: a kite diagram
          • Why: a good visual representation of the change in species for the whole 10m, rather than just the recorded points
        • What the results showed: fine grass is a dominant species (over 80%) / biodiversity is greatest at pond (7 species to 4)
    • Conclusion
      • Humans have partially influenced the differences in species between the habitats, but not completely / may be due to management or weather conditions
    • Evaluation
      • The study was detailed as three sites were looked at / if had more time, more sites studied / as study in summer, able to see biodiversity

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