Academic Year 7

Year 7 students observe and record the behaviour of animals in different habitats.

Senior students have been using choice chambers to investigate the conditions favoured by animals that are natural prey. With one half of the choice chamber blacked out and the other exposed to the light, they watched and observed the movement of maggots over a five-minute window.

Would the creatures stay in the light where they might dry out and perhaps be at the mercy of passing predators, or would they instinctively move to the dark and relative safety, away from preying eyes?

The girls set up a tally chart and recorded the maggots’ movements every 30 seconds as they acclimatised to their surroundings. After five minutes they were able to establish the preferred side and forward some views as to the reasons why.


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