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Year 5 Coastal Changes Trip

Year 5 visited Formby Beach to take part in a workshop linked to their Geography topic 'Coastal Changes'.

They learnt that the pine trees that are around the coast of Formby are used as a defence to stop coastal erosion, but they aren't actually natural to the area. The sand dunes that Formby is famous for are a natural defence which helps to stop coastal erosion, but due to the changing climate and global warming, these dunes are losing height of around 4m per year! This means the village of Formby is at risk of flooding from rising tides.

We also discussed how Formby has windfarms that produce renewable energy and a rare species of toad called the Natterjack Toad. Formby is one of only two places in the country where these toads can be found.

In the afternoon we went to the Eco Centre in Southport and used all the information we had learned to create a cartoon. We also collected shells from the beach and placed them on a wooden snail as part of an art installation.

We had a great day and it was great to actually get vout and see our topic work first-hand!

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