Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Marine Team are encouraging everyone to get outside, experience our marine environment and record those sightings in celebration of National Marine Week (29th July – 9th August). We want to hear all about your marine experiences whether it’s rocky shore, sea watches, sea birds or under water safaris and need you to use the fantastic ORKS app to record and share your sightings. We’re on a mission to record as much marine wildlife as possible! Are you up for the challenge?
We hope to collect as many sightings and species records as possible through the ORKS app (ORKS stands for Online Recording Kernow and Scilly) over the two-week period celebrating National Marine Week. Throughout the two weeks we will be providing practical tips and sharing the experiences of our Marine Team via social media to keep you inspired and looking out for wildlife!
Jenn Sandiford, Youth Engagement Officer for the Your Shore Beach Rangers Project, comments on our goals:
‘With Covid-19 still affecting our events, we wanted to find other ways to ensure people can continue to engage with our awesome marine environment. This National Marine Week, we’ll be bringing nature to you as well as encouraging everyone to get outside safely and get involved by sending in those sightings to ORKS. We want it to be a huge collective event, spanning two weeks, across Cornwall, finding out what beautiful marine life people are spotting.’
This year we are encouraging you to take part in your own snorkelling and rock pooling trips and to record all your findings.
The two main focuses of National Marine Week 2020 are Shorelife and Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs). To help you engage with Shorelife we will be looking at how you can get involved through videos of rock pooling, snorkelling and shore diving and encouraging you to do these activities yourselves! Seaquest will also be broadcasting their Seawatches on ‘Facebook Live’ for National Whale and Dolphin Watch so keep an eye out for that!