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This course is designed for those who would like find out more about marine biology and the wildlife that they come across whilst enjoying the marine environment. It’s being delivered by Liza Cole who has been diving for 25 years and has worked as a Warden for the marine reserves at both Lundy and St Abbs.

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

  • Classification of marine life

  • Marine plant ID – seagrass and common seaweeds

  • Marine animal ID – Sponges (Porifera), Anemones, corals, hydroids, jellyfish (Cnidaria), Comb jellies and sea gooseberries (Ctenophora), Flat Worms (Platyhelminthes), Segmented Worms (Annelida), Crabs, lobsters, prawns, barnacles (Crustacea), Sea snails, sea slugs, octopus (Mollusca), Sea mats and sea mosses (Bryozoa), Starfish, brittle stars, feather stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers (Echinodermata), Sea Squirts (Tunicata), Fish (Pisces), Seabirds (Aves), Mammals (Mammalia)

  • Marine Life ID guides & further information

  • Threats

  • Conservation

  • How you can help


Next course starting in January 2023


Cost: £50


"A great intro to Marine Life for beginners. Liza's knowledge is fantastic and her enthusiastic presentation style meant I never switched off."

"Liza has a broad and extensive knowledge of marine life. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about all the wonderful life we have around our UK coasts. She delivered her online presentation very eloquently and left lots of time for questions and opportunities to delve deeper into topics that were of interest. I will certainly be looking to attend another course. Thank you."

"Thanks so much for the course, it was a joy to watch and listen in.  I can’t imagine the amount of work that went into producing the course.  More than that, you have so much knowledge (breadth and depth) of the marine environment and share it in such a way to enthuse the listener."

"We attended the course as a family and learnt lots, as well as thoroughly enjoying Liza's relaxed and friendly presentation style. Having improved our knowledge over the weeks, it was especially lovely to discover so many ways in which we can help our marine environment in the last class. Liza has so much knowledge and such enthusiasm for sharing this that you can't fail to be inspired. Highly recommend."

"Very enjoyable and I learned heaps."

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