About Us

OUR STORY

In August 2017, a group of friends, passionate about the natural world, travelled by canoe from Maenporth Beach, Cornwall, to one of the best, hidden rock pooling sites in the country.

As well as discovering some captivating wildlife, we also realised a shared desire to build a project that would help connect children and adults with nature. By sharing our love of the natural marine world with others, we can better protect and learn about this vital, yet delicate, environment together. With some initial support from Marine-i, HSBC, Aviva and Future Focus, we are able to offer a wide range of exciting educational and scientific events and activities. What makes us different, is that we collect critical environmental data to aid conservation, with your help, whilst educating people of all walks of life about the magical marine world surrounding us. We hope you can join us soon!

Please have a look around our website to see what we can offer you.

DR BEN HOLT

Ben is a prominent marine ecologist, specialising in citizen science –  empowering people of all ages to collect vital information about the environment which can be used for scientific studies.  Ben has trained and led thousands of members of the public to survey our coastlines and contribute meaningfully to marine science and conservation.

Ben’s extensive scientific career also saw him working with the Reef Environmental Education Foundation citizen science programme; utilising the data collected by volunteers on the project to produce successful scientific papers on Caribbean fish biodiversity.

He aims to use his expertise, experiences and passion for the local area to open the door to the wonderful world of rock pools in Cornwall and Devon for people of all ages and backgrounds.

ALAN SMITH

An innovative, passionate Primary School Teacher, Alan has experience teaching in the UK and at one of the leading British schools in Dubai. With his experience in leadership and management, as well as in coordinating science whole-school, he relishes the opportunity to weave the National Curriculum into fascinating, hands-on learning opportunities for children of all ages and backgrounds.

After obtaining a BSc in Marine Biology at Swansea University (where he first met Ben!), Alan worked as Assistant Editor and Copy Writer for ‘The Trailfinder’, Britain’s largest travel magazine, before returning to Plymouth to gain a PGCE in Primary Education. After a three-year stint teaching in the U.A.E., Alan returned home to Plymouth, in order to persue his two great passions - education and marine environmental science.

DION SAAYMAN


Dion is Head of Marketing and Design for an international import and export company, as well as running his own successful clothing printing business. Having studied fine art and design in South Africa, he moved to the UK, working for the Government and becoming an affiliate member of the chartered institute of marketing. Now based in Cornwall, Dion has fallen in love with the ocean, having grown up far away from any coast. He has helped to design and build our incredible mobile rock pool and his wealth of experience in business and marketing contributes greatly to the growing success of The Rock Pool Project.

NICOLA KNEEBONE


Nicola has worked and lived in Cornwall for the last twenty years, predominantly  in the tourism sector and, like us all, is no stranger to the beach! Nicola helps out enormously with our marketing and communications, thanks to her experience, energy and connections across the county.

JESS FISHBURN


Jess is a second-year business student who has recently started helping out with The Rock Pool Project. She will be helping with our business operations and marketing. 

MEAGHAN CASTLEDINE


Meaghan is an evolutionary biologist, specialising in the evolution of microbial communities. She grew up rock pooling and exploring the British countryside and still adores every creature or rock pool found. 




CHRISTOPHE PATTERSON


Christophe is a Marine Biology Master's student at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. He loves the mysteries and hidden gems of the tidal zone on every shore - and is a star at educating people about wildlife and the great outdoors.

DARREN SUTTON

Darren is currently studying a foundation degree in Marine Science at Falmouth Marine School. He is a passionate person with a deep love for the sea, the rocky shore and its myriad of inhabitants. When he's not on the sea paddle boarding, he loves to scuba dive and see what lies beneath the waves!

WENNA GRIGG


Wenna is a student at the University of Bristol studying for a Masters in Biology. Her passion is for the ocean and she has future plans of working in marine conservation, either in research or science communication. She hopes to inspire people of all ages to love and care for all our Earth's habitats, including the rocky shores, and to widen her knowledge of rock pool species found on our isles. 

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