ALGARVE DAY 1: THE ROCKY SHORE (by Sammy Ball)

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Hello, I’m Sammy, a third year Zoology student taking the AE3013 Ecology Field Course to the Algarve.

For the second day of the module we went down to Armoreira Beach to study rocky shore ecology.  Everyone was trying to find interesting animals and we weren’t disappointed! Among the most exciting specimens found were some crabs, starfish and even an octopus.  The afternoon was spent with a guest lecturer, Professor Schouten, from the University of Wageningen. He explained about sand dune vegetation and about vegetation sampling.  He even got us to taste some of the native plants that were growing there –  some of them were surprisingly nice, including the sea asparagus which in some places is a delicacy.

All in all this was a lovely introduction to the Algarve

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