Secondary Schools NZ Seashore Survey

If you are a secondary school teacher you will want to get your senior biology students involved in a Marine Metre Squared Project called the NZ Seashore Transect Survey. The NZ Seashore Transect Survey has been developed for Secondary Schools as a meaningful environmental science project that supports the revised New Zealand Curriculum and assessment for NCEA Level 2 Biology. It provides protocols and resources for students to investigate zonation in rocky shore and soft shore (muddy/sandy) communities which can be used as a valid context for Achievement Standard 91158: Investigate a pattern in an ecological community, with supervision.

Transect Survey methods and data sheets

Books and Other Resources


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