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Marine mammals are known across the world for their beauty and nature. It is clear to see how these captivating creatures are one of the most sought-after species to discover and protect.

During this course, you will be introduced to historical and modern-day threats facing marine mammals across the world and here in the UK. You will learn about the important role these animals play within the ecosystem and how humans are now trying to protect them for future generations.

This is a 4-week online course covering 4 topics, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the online content. More details of specific dates of Zoom sessions and time commitments can be found below.

The plight of our marine environments and the mammals dwelling there is a key issue of our time. Learn about this important current affair through the following topics:

    • Importance of Marine Mammals
    • Threats to Marine Mammals
    • Marine Mammals and Pollution
    • Conservation Strategies

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Describe why marine mammals are important for the whole ocean ecosystem.
    • Identify and explain current threats to marine mammals in the UK.
    • Explain the issues surrounding marine mammals and pollution.
    • Discuss examples of conservation efforts to protect marine mammals around the UK coastline.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is a training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning about marine mammals with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of the animal kingdom. The FSC offers both online and in-person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

This course is run in association with ORCA, a marine conservation charity that is dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK and European waters.

About our partner, ORCA

With their unique take on marine conservation, ORCA is a charity that is entirely dedicated to studying and protecting whales, dolphins and porpoises in the UK and European waters. They work to identify and protect critical whale and dolphin habitats in UK waters and beyond. The identification of important whale and dolphin habitats is carried out by ORCA’s Marine Mammal Survey Teams, who are all volunteers. This is what makes them so unique. It is their own volunteer teams on board ferries and cruise ships in European waters that conduct the monthly scientific surveys, recording the species they see, where they are and what they are doing. Using the data these teams collect, ORCA can help create safer spaces and a safer future for whales and dolphins.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Friday 14th May to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

Tutor: Anna Bunney

Anna Bunney is the Head of Education for UK marine conservation charity ORCA, and manages the outreach and education parts of ORCA’s programmes. A geographer by training and wildlife conservationist by trade, Anna is particularly fascinated with marine mammals and has a particular soft spot for humpback whales! 

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 6:00 pm (BST):

    • Tuesday 25th May 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Tuesday 1st June 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Tuesday 8th June 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend.

Example Timetable

Week 1: Importance of Marine Mammals

Self-study material available: 18/05/21
Week 1 live webinar: 25/05/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 2: Threats to Marine Mammals

Self-study material available: 25/05/21
Week 2 live webinar: 01/06/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 3: Marine Mammals and Pollution

Self-study material available: 01/06/21
Week 3 live webinar: 08/06/2021 at 6:00 pm

Week 4: Conservation Strategies 

Self-study material available: 08/06/21
Week 4 live webinar: 15/06/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 22/06/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 2 - 3 hours of your time each week. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and attending the Zoom session

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What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via Zoom so you won’t need any new software to attend

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Friday 14th May to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform - booking will not be taken after this time.