Rocky shorelines are home to a remarkable diversity of organisms. This immersive beginner course will be a chance for you to explore life on the rocks and in the pools, encountering many of the species that are characteristic of the UK coastline.

Learning to name the species you find is an important step in understanding the environment around you. In this beginner level course you will immerse yourself in the rocky shoreline, looking at the ecology of this diverse ecosystem. You will learn how to identify the organisms that live there and understand their distribution on the shore. You will learn how to use identification keys and gain practice in using them. You will also have the opportunity to examine and identify microscopic animals from the shore communities using a microscope.

This course will be almost entirely based outside, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to explore and put your newfound knowledge into practice!


Tutor: Ian Powell

Ian Powell is a former ecology tutor with the FSC at Slapton Ley and on overseas courses to South America. He now teaches undergraduate and masters courses in conservation biology at Edge Hill University and carries out botanical and butterfly surveys and research in the Yorkshire Dales National Park