Natalie Brown – Living Seas Awareness Officer, New Quay

Natalie Brown joined Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre in May 2015 as the Living Seas Awareness Officer. Natalie will be developing and delivering a programme of marine environmental education and awareness activities linked to The Wildlife Trusts Living Seas work.

Nathalie BrownNatalie has always had a keen interest and passion for the environment, especially marine conservation. She studied Environmental Science with Marine Conservation at Plymouth University, graduating in 2008, where her dissertation project focused on the effects of marine ecosystem in the South West of England.

After spending some time travelling in Central America she returned to university in 2010 to complete a masters in Managing the Environment (Marine Ecosystems) at Aberystwyth University. As part of her masters she completed a project assessing the distribution of the native oyster in Milford Haven.

In 2011 Natalie went to work for the Environment Agency (now Natural Resources Wales) as a Bathing Water Officer, where she worked on a Welsh Government funded project to improve water quality at Ceredigion beaches.

Natalie will be working with the Living Seas Team in New Quay to help raise awareness about the marine environment with both local schools and tourists to the area. Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre will be holding a range of events over the summer. Mondays during the school holidays will become Marine Mondays where you can drop in to play some marine themed games and make some coastal crafts. Every Thursday during the summer holidays CBMWC will be holding Become a Dolphin Detective sessions. This will allow children to learn about Cardigan Bay’s Dolphins and take part in a land based survey to help record dolphin sightings in the bay.

Natalie also hopes to set up a Wildlife Watch group in New Quay to provide monthly meetings for local children to take part in marine environmental activities.

For more information and to find out what activities and events are taking place please visit Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre’s website www.cbmwc.org, call 01545 560224 or email natalie.brown@welshwildlife.org. All activities at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre will also be advertised on The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales event calendar www.welshwildlife.org/events/.