NEWS RELEASE MARINE LIFE IDENTIFICATION COURSE

The Marine Conservation Society Yorkshire Coast Group has organised a course for anyone wanting to know more about the plants and animals to be found on the shore.
The lecturers are Dr Sue Hull (Scarborough College) and Bob Briggs.

Bookings are now being taken for the Marine Life Identification Course which will be held over the weekend of 29 September - 1 October at Boggle Hole (NZ 954040), near Robin Hood's Bay.  This will be the third year that this ever popular course has been run.  With a limit of 25 places, early booking is advised.

The beaches of the Yorkshire coast are full of life. Wherever you go, you are sure to find dozens of plants and animals, if only you take the trouble to look. Most spectacular are the rock pools which teem with life. But there are other organisms to be found in the sand or mud and even amongst the shingle. The trouble is the sheer variety is bewildering.

Over this specially organised weekend members from the local group of the Marine Conservation Society will guide participants through the basics of getting to grips with marine life. We will explain where, when and how to look. And when you find something, how you decide which group it belongs to. By then you will be well on the way to look a little closer, separating some of the more similar species.

So, if you want to be able to tell a shore crab from an edible crab, get to know your marine molluscs, or distinguish the many different seaweeds, this is the course for you.

We will be based at Boggle Hole Youth Hostel, which is located in a converted mill right on the shore near Robin Hood's Bay. Outside the door are numerous rock pools forming part of a Sensitive Marine Area.

Meeting on Friday evening we will have use of the comfortable facilities of the hostel, including laboratories, until Sunday afternoon. The unbeatable cost of £60 per person (£45 for under 18s) includes two night's accommodation in small dormitories, all meals and tuition.

Further information and booking forms are available from John Drewett on 01977 681898.
E-mail: john@drewettj.freeserve.co.uk

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