Explore the shore to celebrate Marine Week

Compass jellyfish © Paul Naylor

Dorset Wildlife Trust is celebrating The Wildlife Trusts’ National Marine Week event at the Chesil Beach Centre by offering free marine wildlife spotters’ guides for visitors to use as they explore the shore this summer. A free DIY rockpool ramble guide can also be downloaded online.

Marine Week is an annual celebration of the sea from Saturday 25th July – Sunday 9th August, giving wildlife lovers a fortnight to take advantage of ideal tides for discovering what marine wildlife lies beneath the waves. 

Visit the Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre to pick up your spotters' guides, then go exploring on a self-led walk to look for strandline treasures, birds, butterflies and even marine giants like dolphins. The Chesil Beach Centre and Taste* Café is now open 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm.  For guidance on keeping yourself and others safe during your visit, find out more.  

You can also download the brand-new  Do-It-Yourself Shore Life Spotter Guide  from  The Wildlife Trusts’ website, and explore some of the native, common and invasive species that live between the low and high tide lines along our coast. Adventurous DIY ‘Shore Explorers’ are being encouraged to record and submit their findings to The Wildlife Trusts, which will help scientists to monitor the health of marine wildlife across the UK.  

Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Coastal Centre Manager, Marc Kativu-Smith, says: 

“In the last four months we have all realised how important nature is for our health and happiness, so now is the perfect time to celebrate the incredible marine life that we have in Dorset. Can you spot a scurrying shore crab, a waving anemone, find some strandline treasures or even spot a marine giant out at sea? Explore the shore, have some fun and see what you can find.  Remember to always keep yourself safe and follow the Seashore Code.”  

If you share your all-time favourite UK marine wildlife experience you can also be in with the chance to win some great prizes. To find out more information about National Marine Week, download your spotters guide and enter the competition, click here.

Marine Week spotters guides at the Chesil Centre by Marc Kativu-Smith

Marine Week spotters guides at the Chesil Centre by Marc Kativu-Smith

Chesil Beach Centre © Marc Kativi-Smith

Chesil Beach Centre © Marc Kativi-Smith