June’s World Oceans Day family event in Poole will launch a call for wildlife champions to take action for our seas. The Wildlife Trusts across the country are appealing for people who want to do something for our marine life to step forward as Friends of Marine Conservation Zones, championing the recommended new network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) being created around England.
see and learn about our sea life but also to take action to save it
Julie Hatcher, Marine Awareness Officer at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “The World Oceans Day event on Poole Quay is not only a chance for everyone to see and learn about our sea life but also to take action to save it. If you feel passionately about protecting the sea and helping it recover to healthy Living Seas, now is the time, before it’s too late.”
There are eight recommended Marine Conservation Zones (rMCZs) in Dorset, including Studland Bay, The Fleet, Poole Rocks, Chesil Beach, Portland Deep and part of Kimmeridge seashore. Important species and habitats are represented such as seahorses, pink seafans, blue mussel beds, seagrass meadows, rare sponges and rockpool communities. The new campaign will provide information on each of the rMCZs so you can discover more about the areas near you and you can sign up to become a friend of the one which means the most to you. Each month The Wildlife Trusts will send a bulletin highlighting a campaign activity you can do, such as writing to your MP or promoting your site in the local area.
Sign up to the Friends of Marine Conservation Zones campaign for free from the 8th of June at wildlifetrusts.org/MCZfriends or for more information email Kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or phone 01929 481044.
discover more about the areas near you
The World Oceans Day free family event, with seafood demonstrations, children’s activities and a chance to taste seafood approved by the Great Dorset Seafood Campaign, is on Friday 8th June from 11am to 3pm on Poole Quay. For more information about the Dorset rMCZs, click here.
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life
Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
Ross coral off Dorset. Credit Peter Tinsley