Steve runs a varied programme that provides many opportunities for schools to engage with the Sussex Coast to enhance local studies or to give a local dimension to a wider topic. Sussex has a wealth of marine wildlife and fascinating coastal geography entwined with maritime history. Steve deliver sessions during a visit to the Shoreham Beach Local Nature Reserve, or a beach local to your school or group, or as an outreach session.
A visit to Shoreham beach provides the opportunity to explore the rare vegetated shingle habitat and the terrestrial wildlife it supports. Shoreham Beach is a shingle spit formed by dynamic coastal processes such as long shore drift which have diverted the River Adur. Tide permitting there is also a fascinating tide pooling beach and visiting schools often combine a tide pool and vegetated shingle session. However Steve can also run many of these activities on other Sussex beaches.
OUTREACH For schools that are unable to visit the nature reserve or their local beach, there are also several outreach session. These session can focus on how our coastline has changed overtime, impacts and how we can preserve this habitat. Threats range from coastal development to coastal erosion and sea level rise caused by climate change.
Steve runs a special session called Bring the Seashore into the Classroom which can include live seashore creatures projected through a USB microscope to create a ‘ living lecture’ style presentation where children can observe marine life and through a Q&A approach discover marine habitat, adaptation, life processes, food chains and much more. This session has been designed especially for schools who are unable to visit the seashore but some schools request the session to support a beach visit.
SEA MAMMALS Steve runs a session focusing on Sussex sea mammals including dolphins that can be seen off the coast in the summ er and seals that visit the coast and the River Adur. This session looks at their natural history, adaptations and local sightings and is supported by the monitoring programme that he runs for the Sea Watch Foundation.
Both bottlenose dolphin and common seal are threatened species and the session looks at why they are threatened and the wider conservation issues. This session can include a dolphin rescue demonstration (in school or on the beach)and/or focus on the fascinating data collected during a seal tagging project and the education pack that Steve produced to support the study.
MARINE DAY TEACHER TRAINING In 2015 Steve ran the first marine CPD for the Shoreham Beach Local Nature Reserve. 2015 Marine Day Conference feedback Following the popularity of this event, it is planned that there will be a second CPD day in 2016, date to be arranged.
For more information about the marine programme please click Shoreham Beach LNR Marine Programme 2015 or visit Steve’s marine education page by clicking here