Beach Study

South Devon’s beautiful coastline is the perfect place to study life on the shore. This is a full day activity where you can use sampling methods to study different zones and encounter the fascinating creatures and seaweeds that line the rocky shore in the marine conservation area.

Dawlish Warren is the destination for the Sand Dunes activity. Learn how the dunes were formed and changed over time and encounter plant species that have adapted and grow in this harsh environment. Spend the afternoon creating weird and wonderful sculptures in the sand using debris brought in by the tide, in a unique celebration of all that can be seen beside the sea.

Example learning actions:

  • Understand how the beach changes, sand dunes develop, and succession takes place
  • Be able to take measurements of the changes in height of the dunes, from one point to another
  • Assess risks and take safety measures using equipment correctly
  • Calculate the average of three numbers and appreciate this value
  • Understand the adaptations needed for different zones on the rocky shore
  • Recognise, name and handle many of the flora and fauna with care and consideration
  • Learn about and appreciate the effect of the tide on the habitat
  • Be confident using an Identification Key