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Food Chains: Holly Leaf Miner investigation

Key Stage

Key Stage 4

Summary of Investigation

Holly trees are common in city squares and urban parks. In this investigation, students collect evidence of the food chain of the holly leaf-miner, studying energy flows through population numbers.

Animals are usually so transitory in feeding that it is impossible to assess the ecological impact of each species on its food source. However, the holly leaf-miner food chain provides an opportunity to study living organisms in the field and gain experience of ecological interactions in greater detail.

Resource Information

Whole investigation
Lesson Plan
Introduction
Article
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Observation recording sheet
Results recording sheet 1
Results recording sheet 2
Analysis
Evaluation worksheet