ACTIVE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCES
Our 22 miles of coastline feature some very rare species of marine wildlife and coastal vegetation that in turn feeds many species of migrating and resident sea birds. Our diverse geology includes many sites of special scientific interest (SSSI) and our sheltered waters provide the perfect conditions for fragile ecosystems to flourish that in turn hosts rare communities such as our Short-snouted Sea Horses.
We deliver 3 micro tours that can also be combined into a full day experience based on our Wildlife Safari, Geopark Safari and Leave No Trace training. Torbay's coastline features dramatic rock formations and scenes from devastating events that happened millennia ago that now has a geological period of time named after it. Our rocks literally tell amazing stories of their vibrant past and their journey to where they sit today.
Europe's oldest found human jaw bone was found in Torbay's very own caves at Kents Cavern. This 45,000-year-old bone puts human occupation in Torbay way before earlier knowledge would suggest. There are theories that man could have been using the cave systems here up to 500,000 years ago. This cultural history and heritage provide an amazing backdrop to our experiences and help to shape an understanding of our past, present and future
We are a provider and trainer of the certificated Leave No Trace (LNT) scheme that empowers its participants into becoming stewards of their marine environment. The 7 principles we deliver provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created impacts.
The Wildlife Safari
Our Wildlife Safaris are delivered by a local expert guide and a spotters guide for each boat, outlining our marine residents and visitors. With information on identification, their behaviour, routines and diet. It also outlines the wildlife watching code to protect wildlife.
The numbers of cetacean sightings in South Devon has risen dramatically over the recent years, with regular sightings in the Bay and off the headlands. We have resident pods of harbour porpoises and common dolphins and each season we are finding species of Shark and Whales are attracted to our warming waters.
Our active seal populations move around the South Devon coastline fishing and basking in the sun at their favourite haul outs.
Our rock pools are full of sea life and exploring within the infralittoral zones we are presented with a rich array of sponges, urchins, fossils and micro life. These remote beaches are inaccessible from land and untouched by the bucket and spade brigade.
The Geopark Safari
The incredible story of our rocks formation their journey and the discoveries found within them caused shock waves through Victorian England. The county lent its name to a geological period of time and today our bay is world famous, the English Riviera is now a Global UNESCO Geopark.
Field trips by tandems kayak are a safe way to access areas that are not easily accessed by land. This type of active adventure helps to cultivate the minds of the participant. All learning styles can be achieved as participants can see, touch, taste and feel the rocks and as part of their adventure create rock art and sculptures.
- 1st May to 14th July
- Monday to Fridays
- Half Day £250
- Full Day £400
- Brixham Oxon Cove
- Meadfoot Beach
- up to 12 participants
- 11 - 17 years
Leave No Trace Training
The 7 LNT principles;
The Leave no Trace training introduces its participants to the 7 principles in fun structured sessions. Through discussion and group work the participants will learn the principles and take part in an active learning experience. All participants will leave with a certificate on course completion.
- Brixham Oxon Cove
- Meedfoot Beach
- May 1st to July 14th
- Monday to Friday
- up to 12 People
- 11 - 17 Years
Please allow 2 hours in total for preparation and safety briefings prior to the micro tours.
Groups of up to 6 participants and 6 adults/carers.
- Torquay, Meadfoot Beach
- Brixham, Oxon Cove
Micro Geology Safari 90 Mins £95 Half Day£175 (2 x 90mins for 12 participants £160)
Leave no Trace Awareness Half Day £175 Combi - Micro tour LNT / Wild / Geo Safari Full Day £300