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Marine Biology Courses, Wildlife Safaris and Workshops


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A Guide to Ireland's Seashore - 2013


A Guide to Ireland’s Seashore is a Walk and Talk style course providing an introduction to the ecology of Ireland’s coastal habitats. Dublin’s shoreline is a familiar site for many of us as we travel about our daily business, but how many of us are aware of the communities of animals and plants that live along side us on the seashore? This course is designed to give anyone with an interest in nature and environmental issues a chance to learn about these fascinating communities. A number of seashore safaris are planned for a variety of interesting habitats around Dublin’s coast, providing ample opportunity for observing fauna and flora that typify Ireland’s shoreline. Students are also introduced to some of the tools used by scientists to estimate biodiversity, with emphasis on sustainable environmental management, awareness and care.


The course includes:


 

- Our Guide to Ireland's Seashore lecture series and course notes, including stunning slide shows of Ireland's marine and coastal life.

 

- Opportunities to get up close with a diverse range of marine animals.

 

- Four field trips to the seashore in Sandycove, Portmarnock, Bull Island and Bray, including a lesson on how to recognise and identify animals and plants that typify our coasts.

 

- Instruction by marine biologist Dr Sarah Varian, including career advice for students wishing to pursue marine biology as a career.

 

- A birdwatching and marine mammal (seals, dolphins and porpoises) watching workshop on Bray Head.

 

- Participation in our marine conservation projects, including our Purse Search Shark and Ray Eggcase Sightings Scheme and Bray Head Marine Mammal Recording Scheme.

 

- A Certificate of Course Attendance.

 


Course logistics


Location: Bray Sea Scouts Centre and various field locations around the Dublin/Wicklow coastline.

Dates: 8th - 29th June, 2013.

Indoor class in the Bray Sea Scouts Centre on Saturday, 8th June, 10.00 – 13.00. Field trips on Saturdays: Sandycove, 8th June, 16.00 – 18.00. North Bull Island Nature Reserve, 15th June, 11.00 – 13.00, Portmarnock Beach, 22nd June, 16.00 – 18.00, Bray Head and Greystones, 29th June, 10.00 – 18.00.

 

Suitable for: 18+ yr olds.

 

Price: Basic course (16 hrs) €180. Early bird discount of 10% for students who register (including full payment) on or before 15th April. 10% discount also available for bookings of more than one person (max. discount per person is 10%). We also hope to offer some additional outdoor activities as course add ons, ie. Discover Marine Wildlife Kayaking, Discover Snorkelling and SCUBA diving options. Details will be announced here shortly if these options are feasible.

 

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Guide_to_Irelands_Seashore_Info_-_2013.pdf

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An Introduction to Marine Biology for Adults - 2013




Our Introduction to Marine Biology course is designed for anyone with an interest in nature and the environment. Run as a series of workshops with field trips at the weekend, the course covers a wide range of marine topics, including the biology and ecology of commonly encountered animals and plants. Although the course relates to marine science, it is not necessary to have a technical mind or scientific background to appreciate the content. Lectures, field trips and practical classes have been developed with a view to awakening awareness and appreciation, as well as increasing the student’s knowledge of Ireland’s fascinating marine environment.

 


The course includes:


 

- Our Introduction to Marine Biology lecture series and course notes, including stunning slide shows of Ireland's marine life.

 

- An in depth tour of the Sea Life Centre in Bray, with opportunities to get up close with a diverse range of marine animals.

 

- A fun filled trip to the seashore in Sandycove, including a lesson on how to recognise and identify animals and plants that typify our coasts.

 

- Instruction by marine biologist Dr Sarah Varian, including career advice for students wishing to pursue marine biology as a career.

 

- A birdwatching and marine mammal (seals, dolphins and porpoises) watching workshop on Bray Head.

 

- Participation in our marine conservation projects, including our Purse Search Shark and Ray Eggcase Sightings Scheme and Bray Head Marine Mammal Recording Scheme.

 

- A Certificate of Course Attendance.

 


Course logistics


Location: Bray Sea Scouts Centre and various locations around the Dublin/Wicklow coastline.

 

Dates: 29th September to 12th October, 2013.

 

Indoor class in the Bray Sea Scouts Centre on Saturdays/Sundays, 10.00 – 13.00; 29th Sept, 5th, 12th Oct.

 

Field trips on Saturdays/Sundays: Sandycove, 29th Sept, 14.00 – 16.00. Bray Sea Life Centre, 5th Oct, 14.00 – 16.00. Bray Head and Beach, 12th Oct 14.00 – 17.00.

 

Suitable for: 18+ yr olds.

 

Price: Basic course (16 hrs) €180. Early bird discount of 10% for students who register (including full payment) on or before 1st August. 10% discount also available for bookings of more than one person (max. discount per person is 10%). We also hope to offer some additional outdoor activities as course add ons, ie. Discover Marine Wildlife Kayaking, Discover Snorkelling and SCUBA diving options. Details will be announced here shortly if these options are feasible.

 

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Adults_Marine_Biology_Course_Info_-_2013.pdf

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The Team



Our team is made up of a small but dedicated group of people who are passionate about our marine heritage and the benefits it can bring to communities. Our director and course tutor, Dr. Sarah Varian, is widely recognised as a marine education specialist, having recently featured on Ireland's popular Living the Wildlife TV nature series.





Our location

Our marine biology courses are based in Bray, a charming Victorian seaside town situated in County Wicklow on the east coast of Ireland. All our couses involve a visit to Bray Head Special Area of Conservation, a fantastic land-based viewpoint for observing seals, dolphins and porpoises (marine mammals were sighted on 85% of our wildlife tours in 2011).







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