The Your Shore Beach Rangers Project has spent five years uniting communities and young people to combat threats to their local marine environment. The Project has been a successful collaboration between Cornwall College and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, engaging with over 16,000 young people and 17,000 members of communities across Cornwall over the last five years. The project finished in March 2021, but it is leaving a lasting legacy and there are still plenty of ways to get involved!
The Your Shore Beach Rangers Project was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund as part of the Our Bright Future programme - a movement of 31 youth-led projects around the UK which empower young people to help protect their local environment. They achieve this through ‘Three Asks’, identified by their Youth Forum as what young people want from organisations: more time spent learning in and about nature, support in getting into environmental careers, and to have an environmental voice which is listened to by employers, organisations and policy makers.
Our Bright Future aims to tackle three big challenges facing society today; a lack of social cohesion, a lack of opportunities for young people, and a vulnerability to climate change.
Watch the celebratory end of project film to find out more about the team's work!
The Beach Rangers Academy
The Beach Rangers Academy Programme awards Bronze, Silver or Gold qualifications to Beach Rangers who have completed training in volunteering, skills training, event planning, and fitness and wellbeing. The training and resources cover a wide variety of topics including sustainable living and beach safety. 666 young people qualified from the programme over the five years of the project, and they benefited from lots of opportunities such as speaking at the annual Your Shore Conference and running their own events and campaigns. The Beach Rangers Academy training has empowered young people who are passionate about the marine environment, giving them the skills, confidence and experience to make their voice heard.
Educational resources for the Beach Rangers Academy training are available free on the Cornwall College Open Moodle Page. These can be used to carry out the training in your own home, at a local youth group or in your local Your Shore Network Group! We hope that you will use the resources to help inspire and engage young people with marine conservation.
The Your Shore Network
The Project has helped to grow and strengthen the Your Shore Network, which now connects 17 community-led marine conservation groups across the county. These groups work together sharing data, ideas and resources to present a united voice advocating for better protection for our coast.
These groups run surveys and events, taking part in Cornwall Wildlife Trust citizen science projects such as Shoresearch, Seasearch and Seaquest, and train their own Beach Rangers and young volunteers. The data they collect helps to monitor the health of Cornish waters, providing evidence for the need for better protection.
The Your shore Beach Rangers project is leaving a legacy of amazing opportunities to get involved in marine conservation in Cornwall. Find your local Your Shore Network Group and get involved!