Video: What’s up, buttercup?

Watch or download our video on population sampling techniques

Here we demonstrate population sampling techniques by investigating whether the number of buttercups in our chosen field differs from the top of the hill to the bottom. We took samples from two 10m x 10m plots and, using quadrats, recorded the number of buttercups. We also measured light intensity, air temperature, humidity, wind velocity and took soil samples.

Try our lesson idea that goes along with the video; download the data we took and let us know what conclusions you came to, either by Twitter or email.

Running time: 4 mins 33 secs

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Populations’ in June 2014.

Statistics and maths, Ecology and environment
Education levels:
14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development