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Coastal learning for Dutch
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Pembrokeshire College recently continued its long running cooperation with a group of Coastal Management and Animal Science degree students from the Van Hall Institute in the Netherlands. This is the fifteenth field trip from the Institute, who have made the Pembrokeshire Coastline one of their favourite locations for Coastal studies.
Angelique Kuiper from the Van Hall Institute said “Some time ago, former Pembrokeshire College lecturer, Dr. Steve Morris brought good ideas to our college to start off our coastal and marine management programme; thanks to this, we now have over 270 students on our degree.”
Students study the rocky shores of the Pembrokeshire coastline, this is a rare feature in the Netherlands, so is of great interest. Animal Science and Environmental Studies lecturer Powell Strong said, “There are many interesting features to our coastline which make it the ideal location to study. We are in the UK’s only Coastal National Park, with internationally significant seabird populations as well nationally important marine mammal populations and a wealth of species and habitats both above and below sea level. One of the reasons Pembrokeshire is such a useful study site is that all this wildlife exists alongside a range of human activities, such as: fossil fuel storage and processing, shipping, outdoor adventure activities, wildlife tourism, fishing and more recently, marine renewable energy development.
The students carry out a project on rocky shore ecology, visit Ramsey Island, Milford Haven Port Authority, Stackpole and finally Cardiff Bay, on their way home. Former Pembrokeshire College student, Malcolm Barradell, now a marine mammal consultant, guides the group on Ramsey and at Stackpole as well as lecturing on marine mammals and tidal energy. Powell Strong lectured on the management of coasteering on the Pembrokeshire coast as well as the recent Red Bull Cliff Diving events.
“Wales and its coastline is very special to us. It takes a lot of effort to organise a fieldtrip like this, but it is of great benefit to the students and they appreciate it very much!” said Angelique Kuiper MBA, Vice-Dean Coastal and Marine Management