Dive into National Marine Week 2019Published Monday, 22 July 2019
Make the most of the coast with The Wildlife Trusts and spot shoreline treasures and ocean giants this National Marine Week.
The celebration runs from 27 July to 11 August 2019 – a fortnight to take advantage of the tides – and showcases wonderful seaside wildlife around the UK.
There are a series of events in Wyre at Rossall Point Tower including Marine Life Sand Sculptures on Wednesday 31 July at at 2pm to 3.30pm, meeting at the Tower. Come along and create sand sculptures of turtles, fish and other amazing creatures that live in our seas! There is also a Sea Watch on 1 August at 11am to 1pm, come along and see if you can spot seals, dolphins and porpoises passing by. Then there will be a strandline survey taking place on Thursday 8 August from 1pm to 2pm, come along to search for signs of marine life along the shore.
The Wildlife Trusts will also be launching a new version of their popular citizen science project – Shoresearch – and are calling on everyone to get involved in monitoring marine life on UK shores.
The Wildlife Trusts have also published a fabulous range of colourful sea-side spotter guides and marine activity sheets to help all ages enjoy the beach and rockpools. There are guides to marine megafauna, rockpool wildlife and adventure, seabirds, jellyfish, reduce your plastic use and even how to make your own felt crab!
Joan Edwards, Director of Living Seas at The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“The seas around the UK deserve their own celebration. Every summer, millions of people are drawn to the coast and are delighted by the wildlife they can see there. The Wildlife Trusts have some fantastic events and activities lined up, with details online too.”
In the UK, we are never more than 70 miles from the coast. The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign for better protection for wildlife and its home around the UK. They recently welcomed the news that the Government is designating a third phase of new Marine Conservation Zones bringing the total to 91 of these specially protected underwater landscapes around our shores. The data collected through Shoresearch will help experts monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive alien species.
Visit www.livingseasnw.org.uk to find out more.