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10 ways to celebrate National Marine Week

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National Marine Week takes place from 27th July to 11th August 2024  – join in and celebrate everything marine!  There's a LOT happening - so it's just as well it covers a couple of weeks!

Yes, it's a while since the end of July but people are asking about it already, and it's something you can put in your diary or you can start looking about how you can get involved now to be prepared for it, or take action today to help marine life!

You can sign up here to get marine updates straight into your inbox from the Wildlife Trusts.  And I'll keep updating this blog as more information comes forth.

It’s organised by the Wildlife Trusts, of which there are 46 around the UK including Alderney in the Channel Islands.  Find your local Wildlife Trust here

10 ways to get involved in National Marine Week

1.Be a citizen scientist!

Report your shoreline sightings.   There’s an image below to help you work out what you’re looking at, if you’re not sure. 

National Marine Week 2020 - download this shoreline spotting sheet and see what you can see!

2. Be a sea champion!

Find out what the Wildlife Trusts are doing to help our seas and our sea life.  For instance, they campaign for parts of the seabed and the sea to be protected from damaging activities.  The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is working to protect seagrass and and you can sponsor a seagrass seed pod for £20 to help them.  Find out more

You can see here what the Wildlife Trusts are doing for the sea.

3. Join in an event

Some of these will be on the coast on the seashore, some on wetlands, and some further away from the sea, but either way, there's plenty going on all over the UK with beach cleans, night time safaris, marine wildlife surveys, dolphin watches and more!   And there are lots of events for families, too so that you can get the kids involved.  Find an event here

4. Just watch marine life!

There are a whole range of videos (thank you, You Tube) from kayaking in Alderney, to meeting the dolphins of Wales.   Rockpool species, sharks, turtles, seals – just drink in the marine videos.

5. Find out more about different species

The Wildlife Trusts’ website enable you to put the name of a species into a search box and you can learn all about it!  This year the theme is “Sea the Connection", and it will be looking to highlight how - as an island nation - we're connected to the sea and why a healthy, thriving marine environment is really important and makes a difference. 

We must protect our stunning coastline and marine lifeDive in and find out more about National Marine Week
27th July to 11th August 2024

6. Get Active!

  • Pick up litter
  • Watch what you wash away – some cosmetics, soaps, washing up liquids and cleaning products can harm wildlife
  • Use less plastic
  • Take a look at the seaside activity guides e.g. be a shoreline detective, create a bottle basking shark, how to go rockpooling etc

7. Use less plastic

The Wildlife Trusts have lots of help to enable you to use less plastic in all sorts of ways, from the bathroom, to the kitchen and being out and about,  and they also have info about those sneaky plastics you may not have thought of!  Find out more  

Don't forget that July is Plastic Free Month - a chance for you to reduce the amount of plastic in your life, so it's a good way to do something towards both National Marine Weke and Plastic Free Month at the same time.

8. Learn about marine habitats

This is a great opportunity to find out all about habitats – marine habitats, seagrass, biogenic reefs, deep-water corals, mud, sand and graves, kept beds and forests and rocky reefs.  Float away to them here.

9. Adopt an animal!

Why not adopt an animal and give a Wildlife Trust your support?  There are a number of animals to choose from – seahorse, dolphin, seal, otters, beavers and more!  Funds raised from the adoption schemes goes towards helping local wildlife conservation work – managing nature reserves or creating new habitats.  It all helps, plus adoptions make a great gift for nature lovers!

10. Become a member!

You could become a member of a Wildlife Trust.  Find your local Wildlife Trust here. 

Find out more about National Marine Week here.



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