Marvellous macroinvertebrates

Marvellous macroinvertebrates

Take a close look at the aquatic invertebrates of the spring-fed stream.

Suitable for years 3 to 12


Students investigate the relationship between water quality and invertebrate diversity and gain an understanding of the roles of invertebrates in the stream ecosystem. Students carry out a visual site survey to examine factors such as surrounding land use, quality of banks and vegetation and other factors indicating ecosystem health. Depending on the age of students, a range of water quality measurements will also be taken inlcuding salinity, turbidity, pH and temperature. This can also be done as an incursion at a wetland or river near your school.

Curriculum links:

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Additional information

  • Venue

    Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park, Wellington Discovery Forest, Wharncliffe Mill (Margaret River)
  • Year/Type

    Year PP to 6, Year 7 to 10, Year 11 to 12, Biodiversity and camp activities
  • Learning area

    Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Science
  • Cross curriculum priorities

  • Duration

    2 hours