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Living Seas: Project Update 2015-16

Thank you for all the support provided byThe Midland Hotel, their fundraising efforts help promote local awareness of the need to protect our amazing marine environment.

 

The Wildlife Trusts Living Seas vision is that wildlife thrives, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.

Our seas have a remarkable capacity to recover but only if we give them the chance! The Wildlife Trusts have helped to secure the Marine and Coastal Access Act, which is great news.

This year Living Seas have been focusing on the Irish Sea to: Increase marine awareness; Protect the Irish Sea and Engage the people of the North West.

To achieve this we have held many and varied events:

  • Two volunteer survey events at Heysham and two at Blackpool to monitor intertidal wildlife as part of the national Seasearch project.  
  • World Oceans Day Events at World Museum, Liverpool and Freeport Shopping Village, Fleetwood, to raise public awareness of the Irish Sea.

     National Marine Week proved to be a great way of involving local people:  

  • Three “Rockpool Ramble” events at Heysham, Lancashire, where people were invited to come along and explore the rocky shore of Half Moon Bay on a guided family rockpool ramble; delving deeper into their local rockpools and discovering more about the critters that the tides leave behind.
  • A Whale & Dolphin Watch from the harbour wall at Heysham, Lancashire. In collaboration with the Sea Watch Foundation, we invited people to help us to undertake one of our regular binocular-based sea-watch surveys – part of an ongoing national programme - to help us develop an understanding of where whales, dolphins and porpoises hang out in our waters.
  • A ‘Treasures and Castles’ event at Formby, Merseyside, where people were invited to  explore the shore, from shells to shark eggs, with a beach hunt along the sandy Sefton coast - collecting amazing washed up treasures and decorating their own sandcastle.
  • A Wildlife Discovery event at the Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, where locals and visitors were invited to join us to take a closer look at life under the sea in the waters of Albert Dock; to have a go at plankton fishing, investigate their catch under the microscope, and to learn about the vast array of marine life found in the waters of the dock – including eels, moon jellies and crabs.

           

This project is not only raising the profile of the marine environment, but is actively campaigning to secure better protection for our seas.  Read about our key news stories at http://www.irishsea.org/news and find out more about the marine conservation zone success at: http://www.irishsea.org/news/23MCZs 

Our Projects for 2016-17:

National Marine Week 2017 Events; Irish Sea Marine Engagement Project (North Merseyside); Irish Sea Marine Engagement Project (Lancashire) & the Fylde Dunes Project

Visitor giving is not only helping us to raise the profile of the importance of marine life and our coastlines, but also engage people of all ages in our Living Seas. This ranges from taking care of our coastlines, to sustainable fish and the importance of the habitats beneath the surface of our seas. Each gift is protecting the future of our vital sea habitats, which would otherwise be lost forever without action.