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The aims of this section are that students will

  • Understand the nature of the various components of an ecosystem
  • Recognise that there are variations within and between ecosystems
  • Realise that human impact can have a detrimental as well as beneficial impact on the sustainable nature of ecosystems

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  • Understand that an ecosystem is a community of plants and animals within a physical environment or habitat
  • Realise that a tree serves a wide range of purposes in an ecosystem.
  • Recognise that the distribution of the forest ecosystem in NI has changed over time
  • Identify that the Belvoir estate is a region made up of areas of differing characteristics
  • Realise humans may have a beneficial or detrimental impact on an ecosystem
  • Appreciate that introduced species can alter the characteristics of the ecosystem dramatically
  • Identify that the forest ecosystem is made up of a wide variety of plant and animal species
  • Appreciate that the location of Belvoir as a forest within a city, results in constant threat to the forest from development.
  • Realise that there are many threats and opportunities for Belvoir forest - which must be managed carefully if the area is to be sustainably developed.

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