Environmental Study Day

On Thursday 27th July, CoCoast hosted an environmental study day for the University of the Third Age or U3A.

The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery.

The group arrived at 11 for tea and coffee and then we cracked on with the day. I gave a presentation about the environmental stressors that our intertidal species face and then gave an overview of some of the broader issues our marine environment is facing such as coastal squeeze, sea level rise and temperature changes. 

Sarah then gave a little introduction about the species you can find on the rocky shore around the UK and then we headed down to the lab to see the critters up close and personal.

The weather was holding out so we got to take the group on to top of the roof for a panoramic view of the Solent. Afterwards, we broke for lunch and some really good discussions about the current issues facing the marine environment.

Later on in the day, Luke Helmer, one of the first year PhD students gave a talk about the Solent Oyster restoration project he is working on and again, lots of questions about what can be done and how the oysters could be restored!

We finished off the day with some more coffee and biscuits and an overview of Capturing Our Coast and whats involved if anyone wanted to sign up, and lucky for us they did. 11 more volunteers registered and we’ve got some takers for the training day on the 20th August. If you are interested in finding out more, please book on to our Eventbrite page for the training day here:Training Day