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Identifying Marine Species and Habitats: The Biotope Approach

  • NON-RESIDENT: £270

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

The Marine Habitat Classification for Britain and Ireland (v15.03) was developed through the analysis of biodiversity datasets and is an important tool for marine management and conservation. This course will cover the theory and practice of recording marine 'biotopes', with a particular focus on identifying the flora and fauna of rocky shores and subtidal reefs. Fieldwork will include sampling species communities at a range of intertidal sites.

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.

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.


Paula Lightfoot is a spatial ecologist with a particular interest in the marine and coastal environment and over 10 years’ experience of using the Marine Habitat Classification for surveys, academic research and teaching.  With a PhD from Newcastle University in marine habitat mapping from remote sensing data, Paula now works for JNCC as an Earth Observation Specialist, providing advice and exploring the use of EO techniques for environmental monitoring.  Paula completed the UCert in Biological Recording and Species Identification in 2009 and has been an associate tutor for the FSC since 2014.


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]


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This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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