Barcelona Field Studies Centre

Sand Dune Vegetation Succession

Location: Llobregat Delta

This study gives students the opportunity to study representative Mediterranean dune plants and pine woodland. Students will be introduced to the ideas of plant succession, plant adaptation, and pioneer and climax communities. Students will become familiar with a variety of sampling methods, including the use of quadrats, line transects and belt transects. Follow-up analysis can include a range of statistical techniques, including standard deviation, Student's t-test and Spearman's Rank Correlation.


This study requires just over half a day, with an evening follow-up of 2-3 hours. Free time can be used for recreation on the beach, or to explore the Llobregat Delta Nature Reserve, an important wetlands which supports a wide range of birds, small mammals, and Mediterranean plants.