Having left school in the early hours of 12th June, we travelled down to Dartmoor on various minibuses. Our first destination was the famous landmark of Haytor, which was impressive and it was interesting to discover the history of the rocks by examining them. We then moved on to a more practical task that involved measuring and recording details of a river at different points, and comparing our results.

By the end of the busy first day we were all relieved to finally reach the hotel, which surpassed all of our expectations. After madly sorting the heaps of food, we finally settled down in our lodges and began to cook the delicious meals. Apart from the familiar school packed lunch on Monday, we all had a huge amount of delicious food throughout the week, and with a slight over order of milk for each lodge, we had our cereal eating abilities tested!

On day two we headed for Exeter, stopping off at various locations around the city to measure the environmental quality using a survey that took into account green spaces, housing quality and litter. It was fascinating to compare the results of these surveys with the depravation score of the area. We visited the Princesshay shopping centre for some retail therapy before having lunch in the shade of the Cathedral and then headed off to another river. Back at the hotel, we made use of the beautiful pool and gym facilities before swapping cooking duties.

On day three we drove to Cornwall for a bit of a change of scene, to Tintagel Castle where we measured the wave energy hitting the north coast and all baked in the very un-British sunshine. We then headed to Boscastle, one of the areas we had been studying earlier in the year, and it was interesting to see somewhere we had only seen photos of before.

For our final day we headed to the coast in the boiling sunshine and visited a coastal wildlife conservation centre where we saw some penguins, along with native birds and fish. We then had a talk about the importance of biodegradable substances and how we can help the environment ourselves. Our final piece of fieldwork was an investigation into coastal defences. We surveyed members of the public and investigated the effect of groynes on longshore drift, although our experiment didn't go entirely as planned when seagulls ate our dog biscuit floats! However, perhaps the most exciting part of the day was when Miss Wright and her bus got a mention on BBC Radio 1!

On the final evening, we all went out for a smart dinner and prize giving, with some tongue-in-cheek prizes, including fridge magnets and Patagonian worry dolls! Overall, it was certainly a trip to remember - from the hilarious car journeys to the fascinating studies and the interesting cooking experiences.