“The destruction of aquatic ecosystem health, and the increasing water scarcity, are in my opinion the most pressing environmental problems facing human- kind.”
Maude Barlow, Senior Advisor on water to the UN
Aquatic ecosystems such as marine and freshwater environments, are dynamic habitats that are host to a diverse range of organisms. These biodiversity rich environments provide habitats to characteristic and important species. Marine and freshwater environments can often be threatened, the management of the ecology of these environments is crucial alongside the biological surveying and recording of these habitats.
The UK is home to a diverse range of freshwater habitats from the moving lotic systems of rivers and streams to the lentic static systems of ponds and lakes.
Climate change has underlined the importance of monitoring freshwater ecosystems and the large and diverse group of invertebrates that inhabit our rivers and ponds.
With almost 12500 kms of coastline, the UK has some of the most diverse and iconic marine and coastal habitats.
Nearly every phylum has a representative on the rocky shore, with all organisms present within the small physical space between the tides.
With an increasing awareness of the importance of the ocean in climate cycles and in maintaining biodiversity, never has it been more importance to deepen understanding and broaden discussion on issues affecting the local marine environment and the organisms within it.
Marine and Freshwater Habitat Courses
FSC run regular Marine and Freshwater Courses throughout the year. For details of these or to book your place on a marine and freshwater habitat course, click the button above to visit our courses.
Find out about bursaries for natural history courses including marine courses.
Marine and Freshwater Habitat Resources:
Seaweeds guide: The FSC Seaweeds guide features 36 common species of seaweeds. It will help you to put a name to the green, brown and red seaweeds you see.
Cetaceans and seals guide: The FSC Cetaceans and seals guide features 25 species of seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales most likely to be seen in UK waters.
Rocky shore name trail: Going rockpooling? Our Rocky shore name trail is a favourite of generations of visitors to FSC field centres.