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 rock pooling sites in the county.

As well as discovering some amazing wildlife, we realised a shared desire to build a project that would help connect children and adults with nature in safe, enjoyable and innovative ways. By sharing our fascination and love of the natural world with others, we can better protect and learn more about the marine environment, together. With support from Marine-i, HSBC, Aviva and Future Focus, we are able to now offer a whole range of exciting educational and scientific events and activities. 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 hundreds 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 to people of all ages and backgrounds.

ALAN SMITH

An innovative, passionate Primary School Teacher, Alan has experience teaching in the UK and at Dubai British School. 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 backgrounds.

After obtaining a BSc degree 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 UAE, Alan returned home, to Plymouth, in order to persue his two great passions - teaching and marine environmental science.

DION SAAYMANN

 

Dion is a Marketing Manager for a large import and export company, as well as runing his own successful clothing printing business. Based in Cornwall, Dion has understandably fallen in love with the ocean, having grown up far away from any shore. 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 Rockpool Project. She is keen to help with the business operations and marketing

MEAGHAN CASTLEDINE

 

Meaghan an evolutionary biologist researching evolution in microbial communities. She has grown up rock pooling and exploring the British countryside.

 

 

 

CHRISTOPHE PATTERSON

 

Christophe is a Master's student at the University of Exeter in Cornwall. He loves the tidal zone - and loves how it gets people excited about wildlife and the great outdoors.

DARREN SUTTON

Darren is a mature student who 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 and the rocky shore and all its inhabitants. When he's not on the sea paddle boarding he loves to Scuba dive and see what lies beneath.

WENNA GRIGG

 

Wenna is a student at the University of Bristol studying for a masters in Biology. Her passion is for the ocean and 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 of Earth's habitats, including the rocky shores, and widen her knowledge of rock pool species.

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07866 862865 info@therockpoolproject.co.uk

The Rock Pool Project

The Rock Pool Project is run by

People Power Science Community Interest Company Ltd