Seaside Beastie days for primary school children
We regularly host organised visits from local primary schools in which we take advantage of our location at East Sands to go rock-pooling, followed by examination of our finds alongside displays of a diversity of marine animals in the lab.
Thanks to Coaltown of Balgonie primary school for helping us to christen our new SOI outreach space with lots of wet wellies and socks after a morning on the rock-pools of East Sands. Lots of hermit crabs, winkles, shrimps, anemones, brittle stars and whelks, as well as one or two fish and some interesting worms. Cold and wet, but still happy and smiling at the end!
After the 2018 hiatus due to the Gatty building works the St Andrews Bioblitz was back with a bang in 2019 (June 7th & 8th).
Exhibition of marine animals ready for the St Andrews Bioblitz 2019.
First Chances 2018.
Widening Access via First Chances University of St Andrews. S1-2 pupils from Auchmuty School, Glenrothes, learnt some developmental biology via examining live chicken early embryos. 14th March, 2018.
The Explorer Scouts carried out a litter pick on East Sands on Saturday 30th September as part of Explorathon 2017. We managed to clear 23.5kg of litter from the beach and discussed the environmental hazards of litter at the seaside, particularly for plastics.
Thanks to the Scouts for a job well done!
This years St Andrews Bioblitz took place on June 2nd and 3rd, 2017, logging over 300 species in a 1km radius around the Gatty Marine Lab in 24 hours.
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Guardbridge Primary School visited East Sands to explore the rock-pools on Tuesday 13th June, 2017. A pipefish and butterfish were some of the highlights amongst the many hermit crabs and sea anemones, and quite a few wet feet!
6th October, 2016.
Cool finds included a pipe fish, blenies, starfish and brittle stars along with the colonial ascidians in the picture and the usual bucket-loads of hermit crabs, sea anemones and winkles!
3rd – 4th June, 2016.
The third St Andrews Bioblitz was a great success again, thanks to everyone involved (and the good weather!).
25th May, 2016.
The P4/5 class from Coaltown of Balgonie primary school came to explore the wildlife of the East Sands rock pools with Dr David Ferrier.
Buckets were rapidly filled with whelks, winkles, hermit and shore crabs, along with several bright red sea anemones. Other finds included keelworms, scale worms, a blue-rayed limpet and several fish, including a butterfish, several shannies and some young pollock.
Back in the lab of the Gatty Marine Laboratory everyone got a chance to hold starfish, poke sea anemones and get a closer look at mussels and barnacles, as well as testing the strength of empty limpet shells… they needed to be jumped on before they broke!
Any school groups wishing to arrange a similar activity can contact Dr David Ferrier at email@example.com.