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Make a Pledge to the Sea for National Marine Week

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Shoresearchers find a crab
Shoresearchers find a crab
Author: 
Chris Satori

National Marine Week runs from Saturday 29 July to Sunday 13 August – it’s actually a fortnight – and is a celebration of the amazing sea life around our coast. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust will be celebrating National Marine Week with events that tell people about the Irish Sea and its wildlife (see below). 

The importance of the sea and its wildlife to each and every person living in the North West will be emphasised by The Wildlife Trusts, as they hope to inspire people to make a pledge to the sea, for example, to say no to single use plastics like cups, bags, bottles and straws which can end up in the oceans. Show your support by tweeting your pledge @LivingSeasNW.

‘The Sea and Me’ campaign asks people to think about how their lives have been interwoven with the sea and its inhabitants. North West Wildlife Trust’s Senior Marine Conservation Officer, Emily Baxter said: “Whether people have worked in the fishing industry, tourism, coastal conservation or spent holidays at Blackpool, Southport, Heysham, or Morecambe, we are hoping to inspire and remind people of their connection with the Irish Sea and fond memories of time spent on the coast.

Marine Conservation Areas

“And our Irish Sea is home to some amazing wildlife! Whales, dolphins and turtles visit us every year to feed. There is a vast variety of seabirds, and seals haul out on around the shores of Morecambe Bay.”

Natural wonders occur like the arrival of hundreds of thousands of geese and wading birds each autumn and the huddling together of hundreds of oystercatchers at Heysham.

Emily said: “This wildlife is at risk unless we have a network or protected areas around the coast of the UK. We have managed to designate a number of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) in the Irish Sea but we need more to ensure there is connectivity between areas for important species.”

There are only four Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea so there there are still huge areas of the seas around England where there is no protection at all. These 'gaps' need filling to create a network of Marine Conservation Zones that covers enough of our seas to provide effective protection for wildlife.

The Government has committed to creating more Marine Conservation Zones, with public consultation anticipated in spring 2018. The North West Wildlife Trusts believe that a minimum of a further seven areas Marine Conservation Zones are needed to complete the network in English waters. This includes sites in estuaries such as the Ribble, Wyre, and Lune and mysterious deep muddy sites situated further offshore.

The North West Wildlife Trusts will be putting pressure on Government to create more MCZs and to ensure the health of the Irish Sea continues to improve, making it an even better place for wildlife.

National Marine Week Events on the Lancashire coast

They will be celebrating National Marine Week with events  that tell people about the Irish Sea and its wildlife including:

 

  • A Secrets of the Irish Sea exhibition and workshops at the Atkinson Museum in Southport from Saturday 22 July to Thursday 31, August.
  • A Shoresearch Survey at Half Moon Bay, Heysham, on Monday 31 July.
  • A Mini Beast Hunt on the Dunes at St Annes on Tuesday 1 August.
  • Life on the Shore - morning of drop in family marine activities at Half Moon Bay, Heysham on Wednesday 2 August
  • A Welly Walk at Formby Beach on Thursday 3 August.
  • A Sandy Shoresearch at Crosby Beach on Friday 4 August.
  • A Nurdle Hunt at St Anne’s on Monday 7 August.
  • A Whale and Dolphin Watch at North Harbour Wall, Heysham on Tuesday 8 August.

Many more events can be found on the Wildlife Trusts’ Irish Sea website at http://www.irishsea.org/whats-on.

Emily said: “We want people to get involved and become even more passionate about their own bit of the sea. By becoming a member of the Wildlife Trust or a Friend of a Marine Conservation Zone, you will be supporting the work we are doing whether it be lobbying Government, restoring habitats or getting children interested in the wildlife that lives in the Irish Sea.”
‘The Sea and Me’ challenge asks everyone to make a pledge for the sea, for example, to say no to single use plastics like cups, bags and straws which can end up in the oceans. Show your support by tweeting your pledge @LivingSeasNW

The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the wildlife in Lancashire, seven boroughs of Greater Manchester and four of Merseyside, all lying north of the River Mersey.  It manages around 40 nature reserves and 20 Local Nature Reserves covering acres of woodland, wetland, upland and meadow. The Trust has 29,000 members, and over 1,200 volunteers.
To become a member of the Trust go to the website at www.lancswt.org.uk or call 01772 324129.

 

 

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