Course: Rocky Shore Ecology and Identification

Field Studies Council

Millport, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Monday 5th September 2022

Cost: £70

Sectors: ecology, marine conservation

This beginner marine course will introduce you to rocky shore ecology and be a chance for you to study and appreciate the adaptations, behaviours and interactions of a range of marine species.

The seashore is a boundary habitat where the transition from marine to terrestrial conditions produces a diverse assemblage of organisms over a short distance.

The course will start with a brief introduction to rocky shore ecology, followed by a visit to a nearby shore, where you can apply your classroom-based learning. Within the field, you will have the opportunity to collect specimens and then return to the laboratory where we will spend the afternoon identifying and examining them in the laboratory. During this course, you will have the chance to use a range of tools to identify the marine organisms we should find, including using both microscopes and identification guides.

You will spend your time on the beautiful Isle of Cumbrae on the Firth of Clyde, West Scotland at our Millport centre surrounded by the rich history as a marine research station.

PLEASE NOTE the course fee is for tuition only. There is no accommodation provided with this course. If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at Millport, please email [email protected]

What will be covered during this course?

  • Introduction to Rocky Shore ecology
  • Identification of major groups of Rocky Shore organisms
  • Use of dissecting microscope
  • Use of marine keys

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain basic elements of Rocky Shore Ecology
  • Identify common shore organisms
  • Use identification guides
  • Use binocular dissecting microscopes
  • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our fantastic tutor will combine the use of classroom-led learning and outside learning opportunities to give individuals the skills and confidence to progress their learning.

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