Event Details

Introduction to Rocky Shore Species Identification Course

Sunday 13 May 2018 10:30 - 15:30

This one day course, based at our Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre in Kimmeridge Bay, is an introduction to the wildlife living on a rocky shore and will include the variety of different types of animals and seaweed found as well as how to identify some of the commoner species. A morning classroom session will be followed by a guided seashore exploration and identification in the field. Seashore searches are expected to reveal a variety of wildlife including some of the more unusual or overlooked species as well as common ones. Kimmeridge Bay has some of the best and most accessible rockpools in Dorset. As well as learning where and how to look for seashore animals you will find out how they are adapted to their environment, some of the threats they face, how to keep your impact to a minimum and how to stay safe on the shore. The event is suitable for those new to seashore exploration as well as rockpool ramblers wishing to learn a bit more.

Meet at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, located by the slipway in Kimmeridge Bay. Postcode BH20 5PE. Please be aware that access to Kimmeridge Bay is via a private road for which a toll of £5 per car is charged by Smedmore Estate (charges vary for other types of vehicle). Park in the main car park and follow the footpath to the east side of the bay. Cost for the event is £12 per person (adults only). Booking is essential - to book phone 01929 481044. Maximum of 15 places. Please bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks are provided. This event includes walking over wet, uneven and sometimes slippery rocks therefore sturdy shoes or wellingtons are essential.

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