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Level 1 Biology Field Trip to Arataki

In week 3 our Level 1 Biology students spent a day visiting the Arataki Visitor Centre and the surrounding Waitakere Forest area. Students were there to investigate the impacts of pest control on our native forest. They were shown the various traps and bait stations that are used to control the wide range of pests affecting New Zealand’s biodiversity, they took part in surveys to measure numbers of plants, insects and birds and they learnt just how far-reaching the impacts of pests can be.

The field trip gave students practical experience of the ideas covered in their first topic of the year and will hopefully encourage them to get involved in local environmental projects.

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