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Dive in to National Marine Week with Cornwall Wildlife Trust

30th July 2008

Explore the shore, discover dunes, and get acquainted with aquatic animals, such as basking sharks, grey seals, dolphins and puffins, during National Marine Week, 2nd to17th August, with Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Staff and volunteers up and down the county are hosting a fantastic range of activities to introduce families to wonderful, wet wildlife, including rockpool rambles, dolphin-spotting and snorkelling. Families can delve into the watery world of rockpools across Cornwall and the Trust is urging everyone, even those in landlocked areas, to learn more about marine wildlife.

The Trust hopes National Marine Week will help people across the country to cherish our native marine life, understand more about the threats facing it, and get involved in protecting our seas and sea life for families to enjoy in future.

Joana Doyle, Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Conservation Officer, said, “Cornwall’s 300 miles of coastline is host to an amazing array of wildlife; including colourful corals, whales & dolphins, basking sharks, seals, and a myriad of fascinating fish, crustaceans and molluscs. During National Marine Week we want people to get out there and discover the secrets of our seas at events around Cornwall, but we also want to increase awareness of the issues facing our marine environment.”

Events during Cornwall Marine Week

Rockpool Roadshow, Saturday 2nd August, 10.30am-12.30pm, Five Acres Nature Reserve, Allet

Meet some of the rockpool residents along the Cornish coast. Aquarists from Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, will introduce you to crabs, starfish and other marine creatures. Booking essential. Call Kirstie Francis atCornwall Wildlife Trust on (01872) 273939 ext 203 for more information. Cost: £1 per child.

Atlantic Adventure Ocean Wildlife boat trips, 2nd to 17th August, from Penzance (subject to weather)

Come on this exciting marine wildlife trip on a RIB where expert guides will point out cetaceans, basking sharks, seals, sunfish and seabirds. Cost:£30 adults, £20 children (5-15yrs) for 2hr trips and £35 adults, £30 children (aged 10-15yrs) for 3hr trips. (10% of which is donated to Cornwall Wildlife Trust). Book through Rory Goodall at Elemental Tours on (01736) 811200.

Whale, Dolphin, and Basking Shark Watch Saturday 2nd August, 10 am till evening, Gwennap Head, Lands End

Come and spend some part of the day with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and SeaWatch Southwest, marine experts searching for cetaceans and basking sharks as part of the Seaquest Southwest programme. Call Joana at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on (01872) 273939 ext 207 for more information.

Rockpool Ramble, Monday 4th August, 10am till 12 noon, Falmouth

Join a Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine expert on an exploration of these miniature underwater habitats that provide a window into the marine life around our coastline. You will be amazed at what you can find if you look carefully enough! Suitable for ages 7yrs+. Call Kirstie Francis at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on (01872) 273939 ext 203 for more information.

Super Seals, Wednesday 6th August, 7.30pm till 9pm, East Looe

Come and enjoy a FREE talk by Seal Expert, Sue Sayer, from the Cornwall Seal Group. Sue will tell you all about these beautiful creatures that share our coastline in Cornwall and you will have the opportunity to “adopt” one of the seals that you learn about. Suitable for all ages. Call Abby at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on 07917 765581 for more details.

Guided Walk on St George's Island, Sunday 10th August, 10.00am till 12.45pm, leave from West Looe

Join the Cornwall Wildlife Trust warden for a guided tour of the magical St George's Island and see and hear about the work of Cornwall Wildlife Trust in conserving this incredible place. Wear suitable footwear and clothing. Call Abby at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on 07917 765581 for more details.

Snorkel Safari, Tuesday 12th August, 12 noon, East Looe

Join our trained marine experts from the Marine Biological Association and explore the incredible underwater habitat of the Looe coast. Snorkel equipment provided, however please wear a wetsuit and bring personal snorkel equipment, if you have any. FREE but only suitable for children aged 10 years and above. Call Abby at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on 07917 765581 for more details.

Rockpool ramble and colouring competition, Thursday 14th August, 10am -12 noon, Tolcarne Beach, Newquay

Come and explore the rock pools with a Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine expert and then use your knowledge to enter a colouring competition using the special colouring books provided by the local, award-winning Venus beach café. Great prizes to win. Call Kirstie at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on (01872) 273939 ext 203 to book your place.

SOS – Whale and dolphin rescue, Friday 15th August, 2pm, Penwith

Using inflatable models come and learn what to do if you find a stranded cetacean on a beach near you. The British Divers Marine Life Rescue team will show you how they work and what you can do to increase the chances of a whale or dolphin surviving until they arrive to refloat it. Call Kirstie at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on (01872) 273939 ext 203 to book your place.

Slimey seaweeds, Saturday 16th August, 11am till 1pm, West Looe

Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine experts and explore the reef to discover the hundreds of different and beautiful seaweeds and incredible creatures and micro monsters that live in them. FREE and suitable for all ages but all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear suitable, waterproof and warm clothing and sensible shoes that can get wet. Call Abby at Cornwall Wildlife Trust on 07917 765581 for more details.

Rockpool ramble, Sunday 17th August, 11am till 12.30pm, Battery Rocks, Penzance

Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust marine experts to discover what lives in the rockpools around this part of the Cornish shore and learn some fascinating facts about what you find. Call Kirstie from Cornwall Wildlife Trust on (01872) 273939 ext 203 for more information.

Visit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk to find an event near you. Visit BBC Breathing Places to download the new ‘Explore the Shore’ booklet and Rockpool Bingo activity sheet produced by BBC Breathing Places with help from The Wildlife Trusts.