Introduction to Seaweeds

An introduction discussing what seaweeds are and their ecology will be followed by presentations about species identification. There will be a session about the varied and important historical, present and potential uses of seaweeds. There will be a field meeting on the shore at South Queensferry.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. identify a range of common species;
  2. understand how to set about identifying more complex species;
  3. show a better  understanding of seashore ecology;

Introduction to Seaweeds

Room G38, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road and South Queensferry
Start date
2 days
Day(s) and Times(s)
Day 1: Wed 26 July, 10.00am – 3.00pm (Paterson’s Land) // Day 2: Thu 27 July, 10.00am – 2.00pm (South Queensferry)
Subject Area
Gavin Hardy
Room G38, Paterson's Land, Holyrood Road and South Queensferry
Time of Day

(Indicative timetable as day and time of field outing will depend on tide)

Day 1:

  • What are seaweeds?
  • Living in the seashore: environmental factors faced by marine algae.
  • The uses of seaweeds: past, present and future

Day 2:  

  • Field outing to the shore at South Queensferry; Identification of red, brown and green seaweeds.

Illustrated Powerpoint presentations and discussions; field outing to South Queensferry.


Any field guide to the seashore (e.g. Collin’s, Hamlyn, etc)

For future reference:

Brodie, J., Maggs, CA & John, DM (2007). The Green Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. British Phycological Society, London.

Morrell & Roberts (2000) Common Seaweeds. [Fold-out chart] FSC.

Hardy, F G & Guiry, M D R (2003). A Check-list and Atlas of the Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland. BPS.

Thomas, D (2002). Seaweeds. London: Natural History Museum.

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