Outreach

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.

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.

Explorathon 2017

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!

Bioblitz 2016

3rd – 4th June, 2016.

The third St Andrews Bioblitz was a great success again, thanks to everyone involved (and the good weather!).

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Coaltown of Balgonie P4/5 visit East Sands and the Gatty

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 dekf@st-andrews.ac.uk.

 

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