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How Scotland Protects the Largest Skate of Europe

Natural History Live by Tanja Schwanck

In this talk, we will learn about the critically endangered flapper skate. After an introduction to the biology of this species, we will have a look at the current conservation management. Special regard will be paid to a marine protected area on the Scottish west coast that protects a flapper skate population, and the citizen science that is helping its monitoring. This marine protected area also has been subject to studies of genetic variability, which will be discussed in the context of conservation.

FSC Natural History Live webinars are free online learning experiences for adults, comprising of a 30-40 minute talk from a guest speaker, followed by a question and answer session. We host them on Zoom and we will send out joining instructions on the day of the event. Sign up for the FSC Biodiversity newsletter to find out about our other online learning opportunities and receive exclusive discounts.

Tutor: Tanja Schwanck

Tanja is a PhD researcher at the University of Aberdeen. Her passion for rays and skates was ignited during her master’s thesis, in which she studied the movement and genetic variability of stingrays. She is now working with one of Britain’s most endangered elasmobranchs, the flapper skate.  


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Example Timetable

The usual format of Natural History Live virtual events is:

  • 5-minute intro by the FSC Biodiversity project team
  • 30-40 minute talk presented by guest speaker
  • 15-25 minute speaker Q&A session hosted by the FSC Biodiversity project team

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

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