Online Rock Pooling Course​

Discover the magic of Cornish rock pool wildlife for free

Fed up with lockdown? Here in Cornwall the solution might be right on your doorstep! There is excellent evidence for the health and wellbeing benefits of being by the sea, and no better way to immerse yourself in our beautiful marine environment than by going rock pooling!

Update: This course is now fully subscribed.

We are sorry but this course is now fully subscribed. However, please do add you name to the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a space becomes available. In addition, we have funding to repeat the course this year and places for these future courses will be intitally offered to those on the waiting list.

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Dr Ben Holt, course leader


Fortnightly sessions are on Tuesday evenings and last for an hour, starting 7pm on the 9th of February. Dates for rock pooling ‘homework’ are completely flexible – any day in between the online sessions. The full course structure can be found below. 

This beginners course is a mixture of online group learning and ‘homework’ exploring your local rock pool site – a great chance to learn about Cornish rock pools! During six fortnightly online sessions, led by marine biologist Dr Ben Holt, you will learn about our incredible rock pool wildlife, how to find it and how to contribute to our research. To register, please click the button above.

'Intrigued to know about all the life that lurks within rock pools, and learn to identify species and help with surveys? Look no further Ben's knowledge and 'enthusiasm is infectious.'
Lorna Gillam

Further information: 

What will you need? 

  • Suitable outdoor clothing and footwear
  • PC, laptop or tablet etc. to access online sessions – tech support is available
  • Someone to rock pool with (for safety purposes). We may be able to pair people up
Snapshot of Ben teaching on Zoom

Thank you to Cornwall Glass for funding this project.