The Living Seas Wales Project is a collaboration between The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) and North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT) and has been funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players the project provides Welsh people and visitors with the opportunity to learn about and enjoy our marine environment, through a range of events, activities and volunteering opportunities.
The project was launched at the Volvo Ocean Race in June 2018 and has since gone from strength to strength.
In 2019 WTSWW’s Living Seas Wales Team have –
• Trained 100 new Living Seas volunteers
• Led 30 volunteer events including Dolphin Watch and Shoresearch Surveys
• Run 12 family-friendly events such as Night Time Rockpooling and Eggcase Hunts
• Celebrated National Marine Week
Our Living Seas Live! Roadshows made a big splash over the spring and summer months, with the team visiting The National Botanic Gardens, Swansea Waterfront Museum, The Sea2shore Festival and 6 other locations in south/west Wales.
We engaged with nearly 2,500 people, inspiring them to love our seas and to become involved in marine conservation.
In June we teamed up with the Chester Zoo Expedition Team who helped to support the work of our Living Seas team based at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre. Chester Zoo staff conducted Dolphin Watch and Shoresearch surveys, beach cleans and helped to organise and run our World Ocean’s Day celebration event in Aberystwyth.
Dr Sarah Perry, Living Seas Manager for south Wales says:
“Our seas are at a turning point and through the Living Seas Wales project we are able to inspire people within our Welsh communities and visitors to our coastline to take action for marine wildlife and to become involved in our vital marine conservation work.”
Laura Evans, Living Seas Wales Project Officer for WTSWW says:
“We’d like to say a massive thank you to our amazing team of volunteers, without whom our marine conservation and engagement work would not be possible.”
Keep a lookout on the Living Seas Wales website for roadshows, events and volunteering opportunities in 2020, the Year of the Outdoors.