This camp is a fantastic opportunity for young people between 16 and 24 years old who are interested in marine biology and marine science.

Using the fantastic Pembrokeshire coast, the course aims to inspire and educate students about the marine environment. The highlight of the course is the focus on Atlantic Grey Seals, with visits to various sites to watch the newly born seal pups. From seabirds to shore crabs, this course provides and an ideal way to gain skills and experience in Marine conservation, ecosystem surveys and species identification. Special talks and lectures will be given by working conservationists on their research, job roles and the marine environment.

Our residentials also give you the chance to develop a range of transferable skills. These types of skills help across many areas of life and are particularly good for including in job or education applications. Here are some of the transferable skills that are likely to be covered in this residential:

  • Communicating with others
  • Working as a team
  • Managing your time
  • Taking the lead
  • Resilience
  • Reliability
  • Keeping focused
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making

Our centres are operated in a fully Covid-secure way and accommodation will be in suitably shared rooms based on the current government guidance.

The course is suitable for Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold residential. Always check with your leader before booking.

Bookings must be made by over 18’s but if booking for a young person please ensure you enter their name and age in the Order Notes at the checkout.

Tutor: Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis has been a tutor at Dale Fort Field Centre for the last two years, after working as an A Level Biology teacher. She studied Marine Biology and Oceanography at University and has lots of fieldwork experience, especially on the rocky shore. She particularly enjoys sharing her local ecological knowledge and helping people of all ages to engage with science and the environment around them.

Example Timetable

Day 1

Arrive 12:00

Register and introduction to camp

Evening: the session will give the opportunity to meet fellow participants and go through plans and objectives for the course. A short introduction to the marine environment of Pembrokeshire.

Day 2

Atlantic Grey Seals and Cetaceans: Today explore some amazing coastal sites around the county in search of Atlantic Grey Seals and Cetaceans. Learn about the biology and ecology of these different animal groups and learn cetacean identification surveying skills.

Day 3

Plankton Sampling and Seine Netting: Plankton sampling and a microscope workshop in the lab to identify the plankton samples and learn about plankton ecology. The afternoon will be spent on the Gann Estuary exploring the saltmarsh and having a go at Seine Netting, followed by a discussion on sustainable fishing.

Day 4

Rocky Shores, Beach Clean and Microplastics: A day spent studying a rocky shore ecosystem. Complete a Bioblitz and gain skills in species identification and classification. Use these skills to complete a research survey on the shore, followed by analysis and discussion of the data. During the day there will be a scheduled beach clean and collection of sediment from the strandline, using a simple experiment you will be able to identify microplastics in your sediment sample.

Day 5

Rocky Shores and Group Projects: The day will focus on the value of research and how to plan carry out practical investigations. In small groups plan and complete your own short research project on a rocky shore ecosystem. You will gain skills in project planning, reviewing scientific literature, data collection, analysis and evaluation.

Day 6

Group Presentations and Course Review: Give a short group presentation on your research project. Followed by a review of the course and a discussion on future opportunities in marine science.

Depart 15:00

Accrediting Agency

Duke of Edinburgh Award

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Picnic Lunch

Before You Attend

You will need to bring:

  • Packed lunch for the first day
  • Towel
  • Wash Kit
  • Drinks bottle/flask and sandwich box
  • Personal medications
  • Torch
  • Day sack
  • Stationery
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Indoor shoes
  • Thick socks
  • Warm coat for evenings and cooler days
  • Warm old clothing for outdoors (not jeans)
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (can be hired)
  • Wellington boots (can be hired)
  • Strong sensible shoes or boots for walking
  • Warm hat and gloves for inclement weather and sunhat and sun cream for sunny days
  • Enough cash for your time here, there are no cash points nearby
Pay a deposit of £100.00 per item