A course with a difference, which is proving popular with anyone who has an interest in or cares about the North Devon coast, will begin again next week. The fourth series of the Our Coast course kicks off tomorrow (Thursday), at Barnstaple Library and

A course with a difference, which is proving popular with anyone who has an interest in or cares about the North Devon coast, will begin again next week.The fourth series of the Our Coast course kicks off tomorrow (Thursday), at Barnstaple Library - and there are still some spaces available to newcomers."The main aim is to help us learn together about our coast and come to appreciate the wonderful wildlife along North Devon shores," said course co-ordinator Paula Ferris."We get great speakers and have found lots of talent within the group - it's good fun." The programme for the next term will include presentations about life along the coast, on the shore line and in the sea from a variety of speakers ranging from conservationists, geologists and officers from organisations such as Devon Wildlife Trust and the National Trust.The library sessions run from 10am-12noon on Thursdays, but there will also be field trips to go and see the coast as it should be seen."The excursions are a bracing reminder of what it's all about, and they are quite a highlight," said Paula."On our beach visit last term we saw a fantastic range of animals, including a conger eel, sea slugs, an uncommon stalked jellyfish and beautiful anemones."Course members often join beach cleans or marine monitoring activities and learn more about other organisations which promote and care for the region.Anyone who would like to attend the course or find out more can telephone Paula Ferris on (01271) 812789 or email p.s.ferris@btinternet.com