Introduction to Coastal Issues

Course overview

This course is ideal for those with basic coastal knowledge, or simply an interest in learning more about the UK’s coastlines.

You will explore the ecosystem services that habitats provide and how to manage them effectively long term at one of the many beautiful, Essex coastal sites.

The Saltmarshes are said to be the UK equivalent of rainforests. Unfortunately, these habitats are declining in size and therefore need our action to protect them. Essex has over 450km of coastline, most of which is supported by seawalls. As sea levels rise, the marsh slowly disappears. These habitats epitomise the Essex coastline and are increasingly valuable habitats for both wildlife and people.

You will be field-based with transportation to and from sites included. This is an active workshop and we will cover from 6 to 10km in total. You will leave our Enfield Campus at 9am and will return at 5pm.

You will learn

  • The meaning of saltmarsh ecology and zonation
  • How to identify flora and fauna
  • The different anthropogenic threats
  • The different natural threats
  • Climate change effects
  • Bird surveying techniques
  • Conservation grazing

There is no formal qualification associated with this course.

There are no formal entry requirements to this course. Please bring suitable footwear, outdoor clothing, and your own food and drinks.

Completion of this course will give you greater awareness of environmental conservation issues, and you can continue your studies with one of our courses in wildlife and environmental conservation.

Nathan’s story

Nathan studied the Level 3 Diploma in Countryside Management at Capel Manor College. Nathan’s story