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Successful coastal habitats training for FSC staff

Six FSC tutors have just completed a coastal habitats training course at FSC Dale Fort led by Mark Ward (ETL of Dale Fort and Orielton). The course helped to improve the participants identification, interpretation and sampling skills when working in coastal environments.

The course looked at basic taxonomy of marine organisms, sampling and identification techniques on rocky shores and salt marshes and also touched on coastal landscape interpretation and wider issues affecting the marine environment. The week was also an opportunity to share good practice between different centres and to discuss ways of delivering fieldwork in line with current ideas on modern teaching methods.

On the last day five of participants also took the opportunity to take a trip on the Dale Fort RIB to sample plankton and also went snorkelling on nearby Castle Beach - ably led by Joe Newberry and Martha Boalch (Orielton tutors who are also trained BSAC snorkel instructors).

Wednesday, September 4, 2013