Each day we will head to different locations for short walks and, of course, lots of photography. Weather permitting one day will be spent on Skomer Island; a fantastic opportunity to photograph breeding seabirds, coastal scenery and wild flowers (boat and landing fees included). We will visit St. David’s city and nearby headland for a mixture of architecture and pre-history, rock formations and coastal scenery.

On the final day we will go south to limestone coastal scenery, more seabird stacks and some different coastal flowers. Prior photographic knowledge is useful to get the most out of the course, but advice and guidance will be given along the way. In the evenings we may go for short outings if the weather is kind, otherwise we can relax in the Centre with the options to have talks on photography and the natural history of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Any type of camera is suitable for this course.

Tutor: John Archer-Thomson

For many years John Archer-Thomson was Assistant Head of Centre at FSC Dale Fort. He is now working as a freelance coastal ecologist, writer and photographer and runs a number of courses at Dale Fort each year. He co-wrote Rocky Shores, Volume 7 in Bloomsbury’s British Wildlife Collection.

Example Timetable

Monday: Introduction to the course and coastal Pembrokeshire.

Tuesday: Mid Pembrokeshire. (Weather depending) The natural history of Skomer Island. (Boat and landing fees included) A circular walk of approximately 4 miles. Evening short walk or slide show, Skomer above and below the water.

Wednesday: North Pembrokeshire. For example, St. David’s City and a chance to walk in the area around St. Justinian’s and nearby headland or an alternative venue(s) to suit. Evening, short walk or slide show as preferred.

Thursday: South Pembrokeshire. Bosherston Lily ponds and a walk around Stackpole Head, 5 miles approx. Tea at Ye Olde Worlde Cafe. Free evening to pack, review etc., or short walk or slide show to suit.

Friday: Depart after breakfast, packed lunch is provided.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

Start and Finish Times

Resident visitors are requested to register at the main office between 4.00 – 5.30pm. Dinner will be at 6.00pm. An introductory talk will follow. Breakfast will be at 8.00am. Departure will be after breakfast on the last day. Non-resident guests are asked to arrive in time for the welcome talk at approximately 5.30pm.

What to Bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (can be borrowed from Centre.)
  • Outdoor footwear – sturdy shoes or boots
  • Day rucksack
  • Warm hat and gloves for inclement weather and sunhat and suncream for sunny days.
  • Water bottles and/or thermos flask and packed lunch box