|Introduction > Writing Scientifically > Field Report
Field reports are generally used to document a visit eg to a Nature Reserve. You may be given certain aspects of the visit to note, such as the range of habitats, bird population, conservation issues, or interacting with the public. As well as incorporating these aspects into your report, you should also include sections as follows.
Title: should highlight the focus of the report eg The Lookout and its methods of engaging children in science
Introduction: to the site - its location, main use and data regarding past use, future plans, population dynamics (if necessary), etc. Should explain why you're writing the report and what aspects of the site you'll concentrate on
Main Section: focus on the brief you’ve been given and make sure you cover every aspect of the visit that you’re asked to
Conclusion(s): brief summary relating the aims of your visit to the report
References: a detailed list of literature you used
Appendix: anything that adds value to your work but isn't essential in the main body of the text eg location maps, etc.
The length of your field report may differ depending on the credit allocation or your lecturer's preferences, so it's vital to check this before you start writing!
Read the instructions you're given before you attend the visit - this will help you identify what aspects of the visit you should focus on. Wherever possible, include references to other work that are relevant to the field visit and add in your personal views and critical comments to show you fully understand the subject area.
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