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Seasearch Specialist Course

Nudibranch Biology and ID and Digital Photography
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Janolus cristatus from Weybourne
Tutor: Jim Anderson (Nudibranch) and Rob Spray (Photography)
     Jim's website of Scottish Nudibranches is a great ID resource
Date: 14th and 15th June 2008
 
Time: Saturday 9:30 - 4:30, Sunday 9:00 - 3:30
 
Location:     North Norfolk
                    Theory - Sheringham Youth Hostel
                    Diving - Weybourne and Cley, weather permitting
 
Outline: This course will introduce the biology and lifecycle of native nudibranch species which Seasearch volunteers may encounter in their dives around the UK. Understanding their life styles will aid location and recognition of nudibranch habitats and typical UK species. The workshop mixes theory and practical sessions, following presentations with optional dives to reinforce information.
 
The photography portion of the course is a flexible sub-component which will be included as time allows and will run in more detail if the optional diving is affected or reduced by weather or visibility.
 
Cost:
70 each including course materials and refreshments
Parking at dive sites at attendees own cost
A deposit of 35 is required to secure a place
 
Agenda (guide only):
 
Saturday
09:30    Arrive and register
10:00    Session 1
11:00    Break
11:30    Session 2
12:30    Lunch
13:30    Session 3 - Dive (optional)
14:30    Break
15:00    Session 4 - Review
16:30    End
19:30    Evening meal (optional)
 
Sunday
09:00    Session 1
10:30    Break
11:00    Session 2
12:30    Lunch
13:30    Session 3 - Dive (optional)
14:30    Session 4 - Review
15:30    End
 
Food:
Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits are included for breaks
Meals are not included, a packed lunch for both days will allow the most flexibility for dive planning.  The venue can provide packed or hot lunches. If you would like to join the group meal on the Saturday night please inform the organiser - a deposit will be required
 
Accommodation:
All options will fill quickly in June, book early!
Sheringham Youth Hostel also offers rooms at 20 per person per night
Hotel - The Maltings Weybourne will be the venue for the group meal and has rooms
There are numerous B&Bs and campsites in the area
 
Diving:
The diving is optional
The practical portion of the course is shore diving on the two local wrecks at Cley and Weybourne
The dives are shallow (5-10m) and close to shore but require a walk (2-300m) and surface swim (50-100m)
Local airfills are not always available - bring 2 cylinders if possible
Many people could make both dives on one 12 litre cylinder
Normal Seasearch qualification requirements apply - Minimum Sport Diver, 20 dives, 10 in UK
 
Organiser:
Dawn Watson
1 Town Houses
Yoxford Road
Sibton
Saxmundham
Suffolk
IP17 2LX
 
Phone: 01728 660 598
E-mail: seasearch at 1townhouses.co.uk
 
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www.1townhouses.co.uk


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Constructive comments and corrections are welcome, as always :-)

Rob and Dawn