Bottlenose Dolphins by Sarah Perry

Bottlenose Dolphins by Sarah Perry

This August marks the annual National Marine Week where we will be celebrating all things marine. We will have an array of exciting events on, dolphin survey boat trips and you could even have a go on our 360 Virtual Reality experiences. We are also asking you to take to social media to post your seaside photographs and stories using the hashtag #TheSeaAndMe.

During National Marine Week we will be highlighting some of the threats facing marine wildlife and how you can do your part to help eliminate these. Our Living Seas project is dedicated to raise awareness of the incredible marine wildlife that we have off our coast.

“One of the core aims of the Wildlife Trusts Living Seas team is to raise awareness of the wonderful wildlife of Cardigan Bay. Many people are not aware of just how special the waters off the coast of Wales are and that parts are designated as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), designed to protect specific habitats and species. We have a wealth of marine life in Welsh waters that we would like people to join us in finding out about” says Sarah Perry, The Wildlife Trusts Living Seas Science Officer.

“Our program of events and activities focused on the marine environment provides the ideal opportunity for both locals and visitors to the area to find out more about some of our wonderful welsh marine life, find out what it’s like to take part in surveys and on a more serious note find out about threats habitats and species here face.”

Events will be running at the CBMWC from July 25th until August 31st and are a perfect way to keep the younger members of your family entertained throughout the summer holidays. Regular events will run from the CBMWC dedicated ‘Discovery Room’ and these sessions will have a variety of marine themes.

Emma Lowe, The Wildlife Trusts Living Seas Awareness Officer said, “Events such as “Mini Marine Biologists” are a fantastic way for families to discover more about our local marine environment. Sessions include fun games and challenges, rocky shore surveys as well as the opportunity to take a closer look at some of our coastal critters under the microscope.”

“Other events planned focus on some of the bigger marine wildlife regularly seen in Cardigan Bay including the popular “Dolphin Detective”. This is a perfect opportunity for families to learn about the world of dolphins before heading to New Quay harbour wall to carry out a real survey with our volunteer researchers”.

National Marine Week will take place from July 29th to August 13th, where The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ new Virtual Reality 360 Dolphin Dive Experience will also be available alongside self-lead activities in the visitor centre, and awareness events run by our Living Seas staff and volunteers.

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) has a busy summer in the heart of New Quay thanks to the players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

To find out more about our marine conservation work, volunteering with us or for more information on our events and activities you can visit the CBMWC visitor centre, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, check out our website, contact us by email  info@cbmwc.org or call us on 01545 560224.