£60 – £75

Short Course: Introduction to British Anemones and Corals

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The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Citadel Hill

PL1 2PB

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Come and join us in Plymouth to learn about British sea anemones and corals!

Course Description:

A one-day introduction to the wide diversity of sea anemones and corals (anthozoans) found in British waters. Participants will learn about the enormous variety of often colourful and sometimes rare sea anemones, soft and hard corals and how to identify them. The information given will emphasise those species that can be found between the tides and how to identify them. Ecology and conservation will be major themes throughout.

The course will cover:

  • Historical aspects of the discovery and study of anemones and corals in British waters
  • Natural history: where sea anemones and corals are found and what they ‘do’
  • Sea anemones: species identification and ecology
  • Stony corals: species identification and ecology
  • Soft and horny corals: species identification and ecology
  • Conservation: what we know about human impacts, about ‘change’ and about how conservation can be pursued
  • Taking photographs on the shore and, via rockpools and snorkelling, to diving and from your smart ‘phone, through compact cameras to Single Lens Reflex etc. cameras.

Participants will be introduced to research underway at the Marine Biological Association to better understand the relationships between sea anemones and algae that live in their tissues. The presentation and demonstration will be given by Vengamanaidu Modepalli (MBA Research Fellow).

There will be an opportunity to show your images including ones that you may have taken previously and would like to identify or show as evidence that anemones and corals are fascinating beasts. Bring images on a memory stick or SD card (there will be a card reader for other formats). Choose ‘highlight’ ones.

Course Tutor:

Keith Hiscock - The Marine Biological Association. Keith has more than 50 years’ experience seeking and finding anemones and corals from the seashore to subtidal areas within diving depths and all around Britain. That fascination started when he was a schoolboy growing-up in Ilfracombe and following in the footsteps of the great Victorian marine naturalist Philip Henry Gosse who made many of his observations in North Devon. He is author of many scientific papers, survey reports and magazine articles that include anemones and corals He wrote the foreword to the Seasearch guide to Sea Anemones and Corals of Britain and Ireland and is the author of Exploring Britain’s Hidden World: a Natural History of Seabed Habitats published by Wild Nature Press in 2018.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for beginners, wanting to better understand the sea anemones they find rockpooling and for divers who want to put names to the sea anemones and corals they see underwater. Naturalists will learn many fascinating facts about the behaviour and ecology of anthozoans. Conservation agency and consultancy staff and divers interested in brushing up their identification skills will also benefit from this course. Also suitable for teachers and marine educators, wishing to incorporate knowledge of a fascinating group of marine organisms into their lessons and activities.

MBA members receive a generous discount on all MBA organised training courses. If you are not already a member, you can join here before registering to receive a discounted rate.

Please be aware that if you are aged 16 - 18, you will be required to bring a permission form with you signed by a responsible parent or guardian to the event in order to participate. To obtain a copy of the form please email: events@mba.ac.uk

Anyone 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult - We are able to offer a reduced rate for accompanying adults, so please get in touch for more details.

What is included? The course fee includes course materials, Certificate of attendance, packed lunch and tea and coffee throughout.

By paying to participate in this course, you will be supporting the wider educational work of the Marine Biological Association.

Parking: There are a small number of parking spaces available on site and these are available on a first-come-first-served basis (Disabled parking can be reserved if needed). Other parking is available nearby and public transport links to the lab are good.

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