Leeson House Field Studies Centre

Key Stages 2 & 3 - Geography & Geology


River Sudies at Seacombe Valley

Follow the Seacombe Stream from its source near Eastington Farm to its mouth at the beautiful and smuggler-friendly Seacombe Cove. Along the way learn about river basins and valleys, ground water and surface run-off, river beds and tributaries, meanders and flood plains, depth and flow and so much more.

River Studies at West Mills, Wareham

Get your wellies on and jump straight in to the River Piddle at West Mills, learning all about rivers and taking scientific measurements such as width, depth, flow velocity and pollution indicator species.


At Leeson House we're spoiled for choice when it comes to studying coasts. With the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site right on our doorstep and such a range of fantastic study sites nearby, we can cater for almost any coastal topic.

Below is a list of the coastal sites we regularly visit and some of the topics that they lend themselves to.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door - geology, concordant coastlines, coastal landforms and erosion processes.

Swanage Bay - Coastal management and protection, long shore drift, erosion and tourism.

Kimmeridge Bay (Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve) - geology, wave cut platform, erosion, coastal habitats, fossils, oil and coastal management.

Studland and Old Harry Rocks - erosion and coastal landforms, long shore drift, deposition and sand dunes, tourism, recreation, coastal management and retreat.

Durlston Country Park - erosion, concordant and discordant coastlines, geology, habitats, quarrying and local history.

Geology and Land Use

Take a lovely country walk across the valley from the Chalk Ridge to Leeson House, crossing the many rock types that make up the Isle of Purbeck. Along the way look at the shape of the landscape, habitats, human influences and land use, and learn how these all link back to the underlying geology.

Geology Workshop

Learn all about the rocks and fossils of Purbeck and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, whilst getting your hands on ammonites, ichthyosaurs, fools' gold and fossilised dinosaur poo!

Weather Studies

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a weather forecaster? Become a meteorologist for the day, learning about different types of weather, climates and micro-climates. You will be taking scientific weather recordings at our mini weather stations, making predictions and displaying your findings.

Combine this activity with a 'Windy Walk' out to the coast, taking windspeed recordings along the way to help us decide where to site a new eco-friendly wind turbine!
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