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Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Post 16, Post 18
  • Subjects: Science
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 35
  • Venue: Seized! gallery at Merseyside Maritime Museum
  • Free


In this interactive education session pupils can discover the wonderful wildlife which colonises the unique environment of the Albert Dock. Delivered on the Colonnades at the rear of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, this session is available for one week in July 2015, dates and times to be confirmed at a later date.

Further details

boy and museum education officer looking at wildlife in tanks

The Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV - underwater camera) is lowered into the water of the Albert Dock from the dockside and relays live footage to a screen for you to view. Species such as crabs and eels are encouraged to appear on camera for us with bait lines.

Museum staff are on hand to provide close-up views of specimens of flora and fauna with video microscopes and to answer questions and assist closer inspection of the living specimens. Aquarium staff have developed a specialised tank for the display of jellyfish and some interpretive material to accompany this. Also on display are starfish, mussels, sticklebacks to name but a few.

A brief overview of the history and original purpose of the dock buildings is also given.

Our unique relationship with the UK Border Force means that we are always up to date with the latest seizures, discoveries and smuggling trends.

Curriculum links

Key Stage 2 - Science

Pupils should be taught to:

  • identify and name a variety of common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.
  • describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including pets.
  • identify that most living things live in habitats to which they are suited and describe how different habitats provide for the basic needs of different kinds of animals and plants, and how they depend on each other.
  • identify and name a variety of plants and animals in their habitats, including micro-habitats).
  • recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.

Key Stage 3 and 4 - Science/Relationships in an ecosystem

  • the interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem, including food webs and insect pollinated crops.
  • the importance of plant reproduction through insect pollination in human food security.
  • how organisms affect, and are affected by, their environment, including the accumulation of toxic materials.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Pupils will:

  •  Gain awareness of the natural ecosystem of the Albert Dock, it’s habitats & communities.
  •  Understand the difference between marine and freshwater ecosystems, and those in between.
  •   Learn about commercial impacts on the  environment.
  •   Learn about the use of cameras by UK Border Force to search the hulls of vessels.  


Pupils will:

  • Learn to investigate the clues in the anatomy of creatures to find out how and where they live.
  • Develop their confidence in handling live specimens.


Pupils will:

  • Be introduced to the role the UK Border Force and how it protects our society.
  • Be introduced to the work of the education team and the value of a visit to a museum.
  • Learn about the techniques used by smugglers to get smuggled goods into the country and the ways the UKBF try to prevent this.


Pupils will:

  • See the museum as a fun and interesting way to learn more about the past, the present and the environment.
  • Be inspired to search for wildlife specimens in urban spaces.
  • Explore the ethics of the use of natural habitats for commercial/tourist use.