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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Ecology of the Isle of Cumbrae

  • Location: Millport
  • Tutor: Jack Lucas
  • Dates: Friday 09 August 2019 to Sunday 11 August 2019
  • Times: 05:00 PM - 12:00 PM
  • Level: Open for Everyone

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

This course will explore different habitats, looking at ways to sample both the environment and the organisms that live in them and discuss their ecology in a wider context. The Isle of Great Cumbrae is situated in the glacial fjord of the Firth of Clyde and contains a wide array of accessible marine and terrestrial habitats for studying. The shores of the island contain a huge diversity of marine invertebrate species, which make it a perfect wintering ground for many species of wildfowl and waders, while the surrounding seas support large numbers of seabirds and marine mammals. Inland one can also find woodland, farmland, heathland and wetland habitats.

Extra nights

If you are interested in staying at the Centre for additional nights, before or after the course, please contact the Centre for availability and costs which start from £25 for B&B, or £40 full board (we can confirm B&B availability 4 weeks prior to the course). Sunday rate £35.

Partner Rate

For those paying the sole occupancy price, we are offering our guests a special rate for those who would like a twin room for them and their partner not enrolled on an FSC course, at £35 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.


Jack Lucas is a knowledgeable marine biologist having conducted marine mammal research in four countries, and with a degree in the subject. He is also a qualified Passive Acoustic Monitoring operator and Marine Mammal Observer. He has a passion for birds and marine organisms and works on Cumbrae as an FSC tutor for much of the year so knows the local sites well.

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