Tutors: Jen Jones - (Minioning by Dawn Watson and Rob Spray)
Date: Course 25th and 26th with optional dive and survey/collecting 27th July to 1st August 2015
Time: Saturday 9:30 - 4:30,
Location: Theory - Gresham's School, Holt, North Norfolk
Diving and shore - Various, including shore diving off North Norfolk
and sites in Suffolk and Essex nearby - travel not included, weather
Jen Jones will be running her popular course which will enable
volunteers to ground truth species found in East Anglia. Jen Jones works
as a marine biologist and sponge taxonomist, she is co-author of two papers describing new sponge species
from the Falkland Islands.
course will introduce the pysiology and variety of British sponge
species. It will cover identifying sponges in the field, where
possible, supported by in-situ photography and back in the lab using
spicule preparation and microscopy for positive ID of similar and
There will be field excursions to different sites to collect samples followed by sessions of talks and lab work. Shoreline and dives surveys will be undertaken to photograph and sample sponges for study. Sponges thrive in many local habitats including the Norfolk chalk, biogenic reefs and local wrecks.
Many sponge species can be difficult to identify in-situ and during
this course you will be taught how to make spicule preparations from
samples to look at under a microscope. The course is open to anyone
with an interest in sponges, from amateurs to professionals, and
although run for Seasearch it would also be beneficial for anyone keen
to develop their knowledge of sponge identification as well as divers.
Dives undertaken during the course and following week will contribute
to the local Seasearch survey and also count towards Observer and
Surveyor qulaifications if required.
This course is open to all, teaching will be class based and samples will be shared for lab sessions.
Min 10 - Max 20 students
Costs: TO BE CONFIRMED
each for volunteers, £140 if undertaken as part of professional development. (including course materials
Diving and shore work: Activities are free (own equipment required) but parking is at attendees own cost (We'll share cars where possible)
A cheque for £70 is required to secure a place.
Agenda (guide only):
Arrive and register
10:00 Session 1
13:30 Session 3
19:30 Evening meal (optional)
Likely to be an early start :-)
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 survey trips.
If you would like to
join the group meal on Saturday night please inform the organiser.
The diving is
optional. The planned diving during the course would be shore based nearby. These are shallow (5-10m) and close to shore but may require a walk (200m) 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
Normal Seasearch qualification requirements apply for divers taking part under our supervision - Minimum Sport
Diver, 20 sea dives, 10 in UK.
If you can operate as an autonomous dive group then we will do our best
to support your dive planning if some of your party cannot meet the
Phone: 01728 660 598
E-mail: seasearch at 1townhouses.co.uk
Oceans and Secret Seas
comments and corrections are welcome, as always :-)
Rob and Dawn