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This course is designed for those who would like find out more about coastal biology and the wildlife that they come across whilst enjoying the coast. It’s being delivered by Liza Cole who has been lucky enough to manage coastal nature reserves, including Lundy (Devon), Portland (Dorset) and St Abbs (Berwickshire), for over 20 years.

The course will be delivered via Zoom. It comprises six sessions; 5 of about an hour and a final session of about 90 minutes.  The course will cover:

  • The environmental factors that influence marine life

  • An introduction to coastal habitats & examples of plants found within them

  • An introduction to coastal animals: butterflies & moths; reptiles & amphibians; birds (seabirds, waders, herons, ducks, geese, swans, passerines, corvids & raptors); mammals (including seals and common cetaceans); other coastal creatures with fins (basking shark, sunfish); intertidal and shallow water life; mysterious objects found on the strandline.

  • Help with ID – books, apps and websites

  • Threats

  • Conservation

  • How you can help

No dates at present


Cost: £50


"One feels completely safe in Liza’s hands, she is so knowledgeable and cares so much about her subject that it shines through."

"Thanks, Liza. It is a great course and I appreciate the handouts and videos to review after. I’m blown away by the extent of your knowledge. "

"Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully-constructed guidance - expertly presented by an experienced and entertaining professional. Irrespective of your level of knowledge, the topics were absorbing for the whole hour."

"Brilliant! Thank you, Liza."

"The course was really interesting & informative. Furthermore it was delivered with upbeat enthusiasm so really engaging. Highly recommended."

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