National Marine Week (it actually runs over 2 weeks!)

National Marine Week (Aug 1-16) is an annual celebration of the UK’s marine environment. More than 40,000 species, 50 per cent of the UK’s plants and animals, live in the UK seas, including whales and dolphinsbasking sharksgrey sealspuffins and a whole host of marine invertebrates.

You can join The Wildlife Trusts in celebrating the UK’s amazing sea animals and plants during Marine Week. Take the chance to explore the seashore, discover dunes and wallow with whelks. There are loads of exciting events on offer including walks and talks, exhibitions, rockpool rambles, games and craft activities and even sailing trips, all centred on the UK’s marvellous marine environment.

Both coastal and inland Wildlife Trusts will be offering a wide range of events that uncover the magic of the marine world.

The Wildlife Trusts will also be promoting their marine campaign work, such as the campaign to increase marine legislation to protect the UK’s fragile sea environment with the introduction of a new marine bill.

Events for National Marine Week take place throughout August as regions celebrate the week at different times due to the tide patterns.

Further details of marine events and The Wildlife Trusts’ marine programme will be published on the Trusts’ website. Events in the south east are published on the South East Marine Programme website.

Campaign work

The Wildlife Trusts will be promoting their marine programme during National Marine Week, including its dolphin campaign, basking shark project and its petition to increase marine legislation to protect the UK’s fragile sea environment.

For more information please visit the Wildlife Trusts website http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/index.php?section=events:summer:marineweek or call 0870 036 7711.

The Wildlife Trusts are a network of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK, plus the Isle of Man and Alderney. Their vision is ‘an environment richer in wildlife for everyone’ and are largest UK charity dedicated to conserving all habitats and species, with a membership of more than 600,000 people including 100,000 junior members.

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