Course: Rocky Shore Invertebrates

Field Studies Council

Dale Fort, Pembrokeshire
Monday 8th October - Thursday 11th October 2018 01646 636205

Cost: From £295

Sectors: ecology, marine conservation

Make the most of the lowest tide of the year in Pembrokeshire to learn more about the wealth of invertebrates found on sheltered and exposed rocky shores.This course provides practical experience in the identification of common rocky shore invertebrates. Identification will be based on characteristics that are visible in the field with a hand lens. Rocky shores exhibit a strong environmental gradient and the distribution of the organisms reflects this. We will use zonation position and ecological context as identification aids; the ecology of the shore is central to this course, and adaptations enabling organisms to survive in this extreme environment will be considered. The first day will be spent on a sheltered rocky shore. Species identification will be a priority but the fieldwork will be structured to provide an ecological framework in which to view the organisms. The second day will focus on an exposed rocky shore to reinforce identification skills and introduce the different communities encountered in response to changes in exposure to wave action. This is an accredited course and is suitable for professionals and interested amateurs. Participants may wish to stay for additional nights - please contact Dale Fort for details.

John Archer-Thomson has a long association with Pembrokeshire and was previously Assistant Head of Centre at Dale Fort. His special interests include diving, photography, ecology and natural history.


This course is part of the Biological Recording programmes run jointly with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). There is assessment of learning on the course through, for example, identification tests, producing survey reports or field journals, working through keys and other various pieces of work.

Credits from these assessments contribute towards the University Certificate in Biological Recording and Species Identification and the MSc Biological Recording. To gain University Credits you must register in advance.

To do this, please contact the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University (Shrewsbury Office),The Gateway, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1NB Telephone: 01743 355137 E-mail: For more information about the course please visit the MMU website: The course is also suitable for non-credit students.

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