SHOREHAM Beach will be a major focus of a new free course for unemployed people who are and interested in work in the environment.
Tutor Steve Savage said the course will study the shingle habitat and explore the physical link between the beach and the South Downs.
Successful candidates will be awarded a certificate in environment and conservation level 2 (City & Guilds).
Steve, a local biologist, educator and wildlife author who has recently been investigating the common dolphin in Shoreham Harbour, said: “Two of the most spectacular landscapes in Sussex, the coast and the South Downs are explored in this one course.”
Marine habitats are important and threatened, he explained. Sussex has an amazing diversity of both marine habitats and wildlife and he hopes their importance will be recognised within the new Marine Protected Areas Strategy.
As well as learning about the marine wildlife, the students will find out about the local and global threats to our coastline and how these are being managed.
The course also looks at the fascinating world of plants, from the South Downs to the coast.
Steve continued: “The course is funded by the Skills Funding Agency and is therefore free for interested people receiving Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment Support Allowance, or £5 for recipients of all other state benefits.”
The course starts on February 28, as part of the 2013 adult further education programme run by Portslade Adult Learning.
It covers two elements, plant science and Sussex coastline, which have been cleverly entwined to link the South Downs with the Sussex coast, providing a local perspective on various themes.
The course will be based at Foredown Tower, a site that itself was seabed a hundred million years ago.
Steve said the course will include two field trips, one of which will be the fascinating Shoreham Beach local nature reserve, a site of rare vegetated shingle and dynamic coastal geography.
Session dates and times will be two days a week (Wednesday and Thursday) for nine weeks, from 10am to 3pm each day.
For more information, or to book a place on this course, contact Portslade Adult Learning on 01273 422632.
n Steve Savage, Sussex regional co-ordinator for the Sea Watch Foundation, said he was still investigating the common dolphin in Shoreham Harbour.
He has received information from various people since the article in the Herald last month.
There has been a common seal around again, too, he added, but no real information was available on this as yet.