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Rocky Shore Invertebrates

  • NON-RESIDENT: £295

Please note this is now only available as non-resident.

Make the most of the lowest tide of the year in Pembrokeshire to learn more about the wealth of invertebrates found on sheltered and expoosed rocky shores.This course provides practical experience in the identification of common rocky shore invertebrates. Identification will be based on characteristics that are visible in the field with a hand lens. Rocky shores exhibit a strong environmental gradient and the distribution of the organisms reflects this. We will use zonation position and ecological context as identification aids; the ecology of the shore is central to this course, and adaptations enabling organisms to survive in this extreme environment will be considered. The first day will be spent on a sheltered rocky shore. Species identification will be a priority but the fieldwork will be structured to provide an ecological framework in which to view the organisms. The second day will focus on an exposed rocky shore to reinforce identification skills and introduce the different communities encountered in response to changes in exposure to wave action. This is an accredited course and is suitable for professionals and interested amateurs. The course ends at 11am on 23rd March.

Marine Biological Association (MBA) Members and Marine Conservation Society Members - 10% discount 

If you are a Member of the MBA or the MCS you can enjoy a 10% discount on this course.

Please use the appropriate voucher code at the checkout:

MBA Members - MBA10

MCS Members - MCS10

You will be asked for proof of membership before we take the money.

John Archer-Thomson has a long association with Pembrokeshire and was previously Assistant Head of Centre at Dale Fort. His special interests include diving, photography, ecology and natural history. He is co-author of the new 'Rocky Shores' (British Wildlife Collection) published February 2019.


This is one of a series of courses run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University contributing to the MSc Biological Recording and the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification. The University Certificate is being discontinued so is no longer open for new registration. Existing certificate students will be able to gain credits in the 2018/19 academic year. To gain university credits you must be registered for the Masters programme in advance of this course. For further details please contact:

The Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology Manchester Metropolitan University. E-mail: [email protected]

There is assessment of the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

The course is also suitable for non-credit students and for those enrolling on the new certificate course with FSC. For further details on this course please contact FSC Head Office at [email protected]

Further Information

Rocky Shore Invertebrates - More Information
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