National Marine Week starts on 30th July and Dorset Wildlife Trust have an event for every day of the week, to celebrate in true style. With events such as eco-friendly crabbing, rockpool rambles and warden experience days, this is a great way to start the summer holidays with your family, while helping to conserve Dorset’s marine life.
Why are the seas so special?
Marc Smith, Marine Warden for Dorset Wildlife Trust said “Marine life often remains hidden from view, tucked away under its watery blanket. We sometimes don’t even realise it’s there. British seas are not lifeless and grey as people often imagine, they are teaming with colour and variety. In Dorset we have large enigmatic animals like dolphins and sharks, but beauty and wonder also comes in smaller packages. Anemones, limpets, prawns, crabs and even seaweed have all got their own amazing story to tell. We want to open up this watery world to everyone during National Marine Week!”
How can I get involved?
All events will be held at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, in the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve, Kimmeridge bay. The marine wardens will be teaching families how to go crabbing the eco-friendly way, giving away their secrets on where the best rock pooling spots in Dorset are, and showing you how to make marine themed arts and crafts. There will also be a Marine Warden Experience day for any teenagers and young adults who aspire to become a Marine Warden and help Dorset’s Living Seas.
Marc added “The Wildlife Trusts’ National Marine Week is about celebrating the life that we have in our seas and ocean. It’s about taking a moment to appreciate what a special and magical place this watery world really is. It’s about pausing to think about its future.”
What and when?
Eco friendly crabbing days take place on 30th July at 12.30pm till 2pm and on 5th September at 1.30pm till 3pm at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, and is £3 per person. This includes the crab kit, bait and equipment. Please call to book a place.
The rock pool ramble events will take place on 31st July to the 4th August at the WW2 Pillbox on Kimmeridge Bay.
The marine warden experience day is on Friday 5th August, at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre from 10am till 3pm. This event is for 13-25 year olds only, and must be booked in advance.
The Marine Critter Arty Crafty day is on Saturday 6th August, from 11am till 1pm then again at 2pm till 4pm. This event takes place at the Fine Foundation Marine Centre, and is 50p per item and suitable for 6 to 12 year olds.
All of the events during National Marine Week can be viewed here. Please contact Julie Hatcher or Marc Smith for more information at Kimmeridge@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk or call 01929 481044.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life 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.
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