Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is celebrating national Marine Week from 29th July – 13th August with a series of marine-themed events for all ages, to help spread the word that our seas need protection, and to inspire local people to think about their relationship with the sea.
The Sea and Me challenge led by the Wildlife Trusts nationally, asks everyone to make a pledge for the sea, for example, to say no to single use plastics like cups, bags, bottles and straws which can end up in the oceans and cause harm to wildlife.
DWT is also hosting a series of events spread over two weeks to take advantage of the tides, and give both local people in Dorset and visitors the opportunity to explore the coastline with our staff and volunteers to learn more about the wildlife that lives in our seas.
DWT’s Marine Conservation Officer, Emma Rance said, “It can be difficult to appreciate what’s beneath the waves, as we can’t always see it. The events we have planned will for example allow people to see into rockpools and get close-up to the wildlife that lives in it. Marine experts will be on-hand to explain why marine wildlife is so special and how we can help protect it.”
Experts will also be able to share the importance of the seashore code, to ensure that marine wildlife and their habitats aren’t disturbed. Simple rules such as checking that rocks and seaweed are returned carefully, limpets, anemones and seaweed are left attached, animals are put back where they are found and any litter is removed off the beach will help ensure marine wildlife has the best chance of survival this summer.
DWT also promotes eco-crabbing by ensuring that bait bags are used rather than hooks, there are fewer than 3 crabs in a bucket, water is replaced frequently and the water is kept in the shade.
To find out about all the events DWT has planned to celebrate Marine Week this year, visit www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/events.
You can share your marine experiences on Twitter (@DorsetWildlife) using #theseaandme.
Find out other ways to help protect marine life, such as clearing away litter from beaches at: www.wildlifetrusts.org/theseaandme.