This activity is aimed at large groups. We are happy to build a timetable and programme of activities to meet your needs. If it sounds of interest, don’t be afraid to ask for variations on our main activities or include any of our group activities.

Beach Ecology

Bude's rocky shoreline is the perfect place to both explore its flora and fauna as well as investigate the origins and forces that have shaped this carboniferous coastline.

As the tide draws out Bude's rocky shore ecology is exposed and ready for investigation. With the aid of our shoreline experts, you'll be able to get your hands on some fascinating examples of Sand Hoppers, Shore Crabs and Anemones and learn about the interactions of the many species of plants and animals with their ever-changing environment. Ever thought why Limpets always return to the same resting place or what savage predator bores holes into the sides of mussel shells? You'll be surprised and astonished at what you learn and with luck, you may even come across our very rare Cornish Sea Slug Onchidella Celtica!

Look up from the rock pools and seaweed and you'll marvel at the folded and faulted sedimentary rocks that form the structure of our eroded cliffs. These rocks were first deposited over 270 million years ago and around Bude's shoreline, you can find evidence that traces their geological history right up to the present day. Our geologists will explain how the hard and soft deposits came to be laid down in separate layers and how tectonic forces then folded and buckled these layers into the striking patterns of Synclines and Anticlines so visible in today's cliffs. There are some great stories about geological discoveries made right here in Bude and the tale of the fossilised fish (Cornuboniscus Budensis) that solved the puzzle of the age of these rocks.

We run our Beach Ecology and Coastal Geology as separate half-day sessions throughout the year. We are always happy to run these sessions for any group of any age with an interest in the subject.

Useful information

  • Half-day session of Beach Ecology
  • Half-day session of Coastal Sedimentary Geology

You don't need any experience or previous knowledge to take part in this activity. Both activities are very hands-on and we are experts in finding exciting examples to keep you engaged and interested in the bigger story. We are not university professors in these subjects but have built up our knowledge from visiting academics and local natural history enthusiasts.

These activities are suitable for younger children from 8 years old up to early teenagers.

We'll be walking and scrambling over the rocks of the shoreline so clothing for the day's weather and sensible footwear is recommended - we'd suggest an old pair of trainers, beach shoes, walking boots or wellies to avoid flip flops and being barefooted.

  • School and College groups
  • Scouts, Guides and various youth groups
  • Family parties and groups of friends
  • Interested individuals
  • Birthday party groups

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With so many activities available, we can help by arranging specific activities for your family or group. Let us know by completing the form and we will come back to you with ideas.
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