This summer The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’s Living Seas team invites you to join them on an epic adventure to celebrate National Marine Week. Search the Shore, Dive into a virtual world of Dolphins and Ramble those Rockpools!
Make the most of the coast with The Wildlife Trusts and spot shoreline treasures and ocean giants this National Marine Week. The celebration runs from 27th July to 11th August 2019 – a fortnight to take advantage of the tides – and showcase wonderful marine wildlife around the UK.
There is a fantastic programme of events so if you would like to become a dolphin detective, help out with a beach clean, go on a seashore safaris or watch the Cardigan Bay dolphins then be sure to join in the celebrations with The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). The Wildlife Trusts will also be launching a new version of their popular citizen science project – Shoresearch – and are calling on everyone to get involved in monitoring marine life on UK shores.
A fabulous range of colourful sea-side spotter guides and marine activity sheets to help all ages enjoy the beach and rockpools will be available at WTSWW’s Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) in New Quay. There are guides to marine megafauna, rockpool wildlife and adventure, seabirds, jellyfish, reduce your plastic use and even how to make your own felt crab!
Sarah Perry, Living Seas Manager for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, says:
“The seas around Wales are home to a wealth of marine life from limpets to jellyfish, periwinkles to dolphins. We would like to celebrate all the wonderful marine wildlife this summer with the visitors to our Welsh shores. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has a host of fantastic events lined up as part of National Marine week and for the holiday season as part of our Living Seas Wales project and through our Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre. We look forward to showcasing the wealth of marine wildlife in Wales with locals and visitors alike”.
In Wales we have over 870 miles of incredible coastline to explore. The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign for better protection for wildlife and its home around the UK. Data collected by our staff and volunteers has helped identify important areas for marine life in Welsh waters and led to the designation and management of Special Areas of Conservation for bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises. Data collected through our Shoresearch surveys will help experts monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive alien species.
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