Between the 14th and 15th members of the NaGISA team at Niceville, High-school, Florida visited the Marine Biological Association Laboratory in Plymouth. The Natural Geography in Shore Areas (NaGISA) project is a collaborative effort to produce a global baseline of near shore biodiversity and to continue monitoring those shores for the next 50 years. NaGISA uses both passive and active sampling to assess quantitative, qualitative ecological and taxonomic information. For more information you can visit their website.
Students and staff from Ivybridge Community College joined the group and helped carry out surveys of the mid and lower rocky shore at Firestone Bay. A range of surveys were conducted including dive and shore-based quadrat sampling, sediment samples and species were also collected by to be identified in the laboratory. A variety of intertidal species were found including, toothed wrack (Fucus serratus), common blenny (Lipophrys pholis) and a range of invertebrates. A grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) was also spotted, however - it unfortunately wasn’t within the group’s quadrats! The final day of the NaGISA visit was spent in the MBA’s Resource Centre, where students and MBA members (fuelled by Cornish pasties and biscuits) identified and preserved some of the organisms sampled from the surveys. For more images from the visit feel free to browse our NaGISA/Niceville school visit Facebook album.