Ballyclare Secondary School pupils enjoy “Biodiversity Workshop” event at Greenmount Campus CAFRE

Date published: 03 May 2017

CAFRE recently hosted Year 13 A-Level Biology pupils and teachers from Ballyclare Secondary School at a one day biodiversity workshop at Greenmount Campus.

Photo caption: Jayne Russell, science teacher, at Ballyclare Secondary School pictured at the “Biodiversity Workshop” at Greenmount Campus along with former pupil Peter Allen and fellow teacher Elaine Parr.

With a range of activities, this event allowed pupils to experience Greenmount’s excellent facilities, including the Dairy Centre, Wetlands area and the Horticulture Centre, and to find out about the diverse range of career opportunities open to them at CAFRE. Biodiversity subjects covered included hedgerow conservation and maintenance, biological control, eutrophication, organic pollution from slurry and effluent and consequences on biodiversity. Students were also given the opportunity to complete belt transects used to estimate the distribution of organisms in improved and unimproved grassland during their visit.

Feedback from pupils and staff following the event was extremely positive.  Jayne Russell, science teacher at Ballyclare Secondary School, commented that it was: “an excellent opportunity to learn about a range of highly relevant subjects that the students are currently studying. It was also brilliant to meet up with one of our former students Peter Allen who is currently completing the first year of an Extended Diploma in Horticulture at Greenmount Campus.”

To find out about the great range of CAFRE courses, visit the College website or Facebook. For more information on curriculum support events such as Biodiversity workshops, tel: 0800 028 4291 or email:

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