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Marine Biology

Our coastal centres are ideal venues for marine focused field courses offering:

  • Fully risk assessed high quality coastal field sites - either within walking distance or a short drive away
  • Well equipped, WiFi enabled classrooms, lecture rooms
  • Laboratories with running seawater and/or wet benches
  • Range of field equipment, microscopes and species identification guides
  • Fieldwork support and local advice from trained Field Centre staff


We can offer superb rocky shores of a range of exposures, as well soft shores and estuarine habitats. Other habitats available, dependent on location, include: salt marshes, sand dunes, coastal grasslands, shingle ridges and coastal lagoons, as well examples of marine conservation management and conflicts. We can also host more specialist marine courses such as fish parasitology and marine microbiology.

At Millport (Scotland) and Dale Fort and Orielton (Pembrokeshire) sea mammal and bird surveys can be carried out. Millport has a sea-going research vessel for carrying out benthic sampling and Dale Fort has a RIB for collecting plankton and other near shore samples. Slapton Ley is next Slapton Ley NNR, which is managed by the FSC. Other centres such as Nettlecombe Court in West Somerset and Margam Park Discovery Centre in South Wales are also close to good coastal field sites.

Course Design

Courses can be completely taught by FSC staff or co-taught with University staff. FSC tutors are able to lead the fieldwork component or to provide specialist lectures. Alternatively you can lead your own course with support provided by FSC staff prior to and during the course. You are entitled to a free pre-visit to help plan your course.

Next Steps?

Dr Mark Ward (FSC Higher Education Officer) is available to discuss details and options with you on 01743 852100 or by email [email protected] , or fill in the booking enquiry form below:

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