My Wild Summer

This week we are celebrating being the Charity of the Week for People's Postcode Lottery! Thanks to the players, their support means that we are able to fund countless projects across England, Scotland and Wales. Here we have 12 year old volunteer Grace Gavigan telling us about her experience working on the Living Seas Wales project....

Since the launch of the Living Seas Wales project and exciting ‘Sea Wales’ 7D augmented reality experience this summer, our Living Seas Wales  team have been super busy  touring the south west  and North Wales coast with our roadshow!

Living Seas Wales is a joint project by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and North Wales Wildlife Trust. The three year project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, People’s Postcode Lottery and Visit Wales. To date the roadshow has actively raised awareness of Wales’s beautiful marine wildlife and how everyone can help to conserve it to over 4,000 people!

Grace Gavigan, age 12 was one of the incredible volunteers and joined the roadshow while it toured through south and west Wales. She has written a lovely article about her Wild Summer…

Wow! That is the only word that I could use to describe my experience of volunteering with The Wildlife Trusts Living Seas Wales (LSW) team on their exciting 2018 Roadshow!

The LSW team and volunteers were easy to talk to and were all super friendly, they were like a second family to me this summer. My favourite team member was Finn, the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre’s (CBMWC) Dolphin mascot.

The LSW Roadshow provided lots of fun activities for visiting families, including the awesome virtual reality experience Dolphin Dive and the new Sea Wales 7D augmented reality experience. Other activities organised included Seashore safari’s, beach cleans and rock pooling. There was also a marine memory station where visitors could share their favourite marine stories and encounters with the team. These activities helped increase my knowledge and understanding of our beautiful Welsh coastline and waters. They have inspired me to take action to protect our Seas.

The Roadshow attended numerous locations along the Wales Costal Path. My favourite destination was the final stop on the southern Roadshow tour; Cardigan Bay, New Quay. Whilst there I was lucky enough to spot two of the semi-resident Bottlenose Dolphins; Jacky and her calf Jay less than 100 yards off the side of the Harbour Wall.

It was amazing to meet and chat with so many people about the marine wildlife that we have here in Wales and to try out the cool virtual experiences.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Living Seas Wales and look forward to volunteering again in the future.

I’d also like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, without your support amazing projects like this would not exist!