National Marine Week runs from 25th July to 9th August 2020 – a full fortnight to take advantage of the tides. No matter where you are around the UK, join The Wildlife Trusts in celebrating our fin-tastic seaside wildlife.
Enjoy a fabulous programme of events, including online webinars, virtual tours of the shore and even Zoom-based beach tot events where mini marine biologists can learn about the wonders of the sea at home. And if you are lucky enough to get to the seaside, some Wildlife Trusts are organising socially distanced seashore events, so check online before you go.
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 rocky shore ramblers are being encouraged to record and submit their findings to The Wildlife Trusts, which will help scientists to monitor the health of shore life across the UK.
Liz Bonnin, science and natural history broadcaster, says:
“Our shorelines offer a tantalising glimpse of the incredible underwater world surrounding our island home. By taking part in the Wildlife Trusts’ National Marine Week challenge you’ll not only be immersing yourself in the wonders of our coasts, you’ll also be playing your part in bringing our seas back to life and helping to support a greater understanding of our spectacular marine creatures.”
Joan Edwards, director of marine conservation at The Wildlife Trusts, says:
“From hypnotising sea-slugs and sensational stalked jellyfish, to the common beadlet anemone, the more people explore the shore, the more they discover, learn and want to protect what our wonderful seas and coasts have to offer. As a part of National Marine Week this year, not only do we want people to explore marine life near them, but we want everyone to take action and stand up for the highest levels of protection for our seas.”