Living Seas

Living Seas is The Wildlife Trusts’ collective vision for the future of the sea around Wales and the UK. Within Living Seas, marine wildlife thrives, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.

Read more about the Wildlife Trusts’ vision for Living Seas

Seal pup

Seal Pup on Skomer Island

Unfortunately, Wales’s seas are not currently Living Seas – significant and urgent effort is required if we are to achieve our vision of a wildlife-rich marine environment. Across the UK, the Wildlife Trusts are the largest environmental organisation working actively to conserve our marine environment and the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, which covers almost half of Wales’s coast, has a key role to play.

Read more about action you can take to help us achieve our vision for Living Seas

Want to find out more? Visit Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre  or our links page.

The seas truly are a life support system for us all. They provide us with food, materials for building, and even the oxygen we breathe. They support a huge array species, and are home to all manner spectacular and special wildlife. We all enjoy a trip to the seaside, but perhaps we do not always think about what is happening under the surface – out of sight can be out of mind. We are concentrating our conservation work for the marine environment on four key areas: Marine Protected Areas, Fishing & Seafood, Marine Planning & Sustainable Development, and Legislation & Policy.

  • Our Stunning Seas Bottlenose Dolphin by Harry HoggJoin us on an Incredible Undersea Journey... Read More » “Living Seas” is The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for the future of the seas around Wales and the UK. Within Living Seas, marine wildlife thrives, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.... Read More » In Living Seas:... Read More » Wildlife and habitats are recovering ...
  • Our Seas in Trouble Basking Shark by JP TrenqueCurrently, the seas around Wales are not Living Seas. For centuries we have taken the seas’ riches for granted, taking too much with little care.... Read More » The common skate, once abundant, is on the brink of extinction in the Irish Sea. The world’s second largest fish, the basking shark can be found in Welsh ...
  • Please Help Us To Save Our Seas Snakelocks Anemone by Simon Jones Join us today! By joining WTSWW you will support marine conservation in south west Wales. Visit Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in New Quay to learn more about our marine wildlife in south west Wales and support their work researching and conserving the bottlenose dolphins of Cardigan Bay. Visit Skomer Island or Skokholm Island- learn more about our nationally ...
  • Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Sea Slug by CCWMarine Protected Areas (MPAs) are places where human activities are restricted to varying degrees. They are a proven way of safeguarding important habitats and wildlife, allowing nature to recover and thrive.... Read More » Wales is leading the way in the number of MPAs currently designated in the UK, a figure that stands at over 36% ...
  • Fishing and Seafood lobster by Rob SprayFishing is particularly important to many coastal communities around south west Wales.... Read More » Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, our marine group based in Ceredigion, engages with their local fishing communities on a regular basis. Across Wales and through the WEL marine campaign, we are working with fishermen and decision makers at a national level ...
  • Marine Planning and Sustainable Development Julie Morgan AM Petition Fish eventAll of the Wildlife Trusts in Wales are working with developers, including the rapidly-growing offshore windfarm industry, to make sure that development is wildlife-friendly.... Read More » WTSWW is a partner in cutting edge research on Skomer Island, tracking seabird movements, which will help ensure that offshore development takes account of seabird movements throughout the year. ...
  • Marine Legislation and Policy petition fish policemanThe Wildlife Trusts in Wales are calling for the swift implementation of the Marine Act in Wales, to ensure decisions are made to protect marine wildlife for the future.  We are also working to ensure that marine issues are fully considered and integrated in all emerging legislation.  We work hard nationally and locally to make sure ...