Author: Laura Evans

Join our Living Seas Volunteer Team!

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Living Seas Volunteer Team for the 2019 field season (25th March – 4th November 2019). Volunteers will assist with our Living Seas research and community engagement work.

Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine conservation, meet new people who share your interests and experience Wales’ amazing marine life. You will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain vital experience in field work, research methods, community engagement and much more.

The volunteer programme at CBMWC has received national recognition after achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award (IiV), the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management, in January 2017. We provide a fantastic volunteer experience!

Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as Marine Mammal Observers and to work for other conservation or Government organisations.

The positions available for 2019 include –

The closing date for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 6th January 2019

Other volunteering opportunities – If you live locally to New Quay and are interested in volunteering at our centre please visit our local volunteer home page. For anyone living in the wider south and west Wales area, that we’re looking for volunteers to become involved in the Living Seas Wales Project, please click here for further information.

If you have any questions please email volunteer@cbmwc.org or call 01545 560224.

Laura Evans, Living Seas Wales Project Officer

Calling All Marine Enthusiasts!

Do you live in the south or west Wales area? Are you interested in marine conservation or the heritage/history of the Welsh coast? We’re looking for passionate volunteers to join our Living Seas team and to help us to help our seas.

“We need an army of people who love the sea and understand that there is no life without water” – Jacques Yves Cousteau

Volunteering is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine conservation, meet new people who share your interests and experience Wales’ amazing marine life!

Living Seas Wales Volunteers can take part in or organise research and outreach activities in their local area, attend events including the Living Seas Live! Roadshow (set locations) or volunteer from home.

Volunteer activities include –

  • Conducting marine and coastal surveys
  • Helping with community outreach events e.g. talks, rock pooling and wildlife walks
  • Collecting, archiving and digitising historical records relating to welsh coastal/marine wildlife
  • Engaging with and inspiring the public through our Living Seas Live! Roadshow
  • Taking part in marine advocacy campaigns and much more

Volunteers living locally to New Quay can be based at the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, and can also help to run our busy visitor centre (March-Nov).

YOU DON’T NEED A BACKGROUND IN SCIENCE TO BECOME INVOLVED! Full training and support will be provided by our living seas staff and existing volunteers.

Interested? We’re hosting a volunteer taster session on Saturday 22nd September, 10:30am-1pm at our centre in New Quay. Come along to find out how you can become involved and to try out a mini dolphin watch and beach clean.

For more information and to book a place on the taster session please contact Laura on volunteer@cbmwc.org or 01545 560224.

 

Living Seas Not Littered Seas

For over 15 years the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre have been tackling marine litter on New Quay’s beaches and the surrounding area. The dedicated Living Seas Team of staff and volunteers, host regular community litter picks and conduct beach cleans daily throughout the summer months.

Since 2011 the team have been recording the amount of litter collected, categories include plastic, cigarette butts, glass, rope/fishing gear, polystyrene and much more. During this time volunteers have spent over 950 hours collecting a staggering 157,736 pieces of litter which has included over 50,000 pieces of plastic! Click here to see more of our beach clean stats.

To kick start 2018, Year of The Sea in Wales, we asked the local community to join us for a beach clean. Over 50 volunteers attended the event helping to collect 25 rubbish filled bags from the three beaches in New Quay! If you would like to join our Living Seas Team for a beach clean we are running monthly clean ups over 2018, please visit our website or Facebook page for more details.

You can also make a difference by making a few small changes to reduce your use of single-use plastic. Click here to see our top tips for cutting out plastic.

Living Seas Volunteer Opportunities at CBMWC

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Living Seas Volunteer Team for the 2018 field season (12th March – 5th November 2018). Volunteers will assist with our Living Seas research and community engagement work.

Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to carry out marine mammal research and become involved in environmental education and our awareness raising work. You will learn about the species and habitats in Cardigan Bay, gain vital experience in field work, research methods, community engagement and much more.

The volunteer programme at CBMWC has received national recognition after achieving the Investing in Volunteers Award (IiV), the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management, in January 2017. We provide a fantastic volunteer experience!

Past volunteers have gone on to further education, work as Marine Mammal Observers and to work for other conservation or Government organisations.

The positions available for 2018 include –

Deadline for applications is 23:59pm on Sunday 11th February. Applications will be reviewed as received and volunteer opportunities are available until filled.

If you live locally to New Quay and are interested in volunteering with us then please visit our local volunteer homepage. We’re always looking for local people to join our volunteer team.

If you have any questions please email volunteer@cbmwc.org or call 01545 560224.

Laura Evans, Living Seas Volunteer Coordinator

Christmas Gifts for Marine Enthusiasts!

Are you looking for a unique Christmas gift for a loved one? Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre can provide you with the perfect gift for any marine enthusiast.

You can Adopt a Cardigan Bay Dolphin here for just £30 a year! Choose from one of four Welsh dolphins, including newcomers Jacky and Dylan favourites of our Living Seas Volunteers. The adoption can be catered to adults or children (12 and under) and are filled with information about dolphins and other local marine life, a photo of your chosen dolphin, a cuddly toy (children) or tote bag (adult) and a £2.50 voucher off a Dolphin Survey Boat Trip.

You could also treat a loved one to a wildlife watching experience with a Dolphin Survey Boat Trips voucher with prices from just £22.50. These trips will offer the voucher holder with a chance to spot some of Wales’ amazing marine life including bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoise, Atlantic grey seals and a range of marine birds including gannets, razorbills and guillemots.

Not only are these great gifts your money and support will help us to continue our vital research as well as allowing us to raise awareness of the amazing marine life found in Wales and the problems faced by our marine animals.

Please be sure to order gifts by Monday 18th December to ensure they arrive in time for Christmas Day! All orders received after 21st December will not be fulfilled until the new year. 

Please direct enquires to info@cbmwc.org or call 01545 560224 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)