Its been a busy few weeks getting the Marine Centre ready for the season opening.
One of our major jobs has been setting up the marine rockpool tank, which has involved carrying water up from the beach and filling the tank. I know what you’re thinking 30 big heavy buckets is the answer. Also 3 buckets of rocks were also added to the tank. I might have got a little carried away with the size of these apparently, but I think they look good, come and see what you think.
Alongside getting the Centre ready, we have also had schools come to visit Wembury Beach, so on mine and Bea’s second day we had two classes from Marine Academy Plymouth come to take part in one of our rockpool safaris. We took them down to the rocky shore and showed them all the different organisms that we could find. We all had a competition to see who could find the Big 5 (Cushion Star, Hermit Crab, Common Prawn, Shanny and Shore Crab), and the more unusual species that weren’t on the ID sheets would score more points.
(Big 5 Photos By Paul Naylor)
We also had the Beach Conference for our Marine Wildlife Champions. 10 schools and 120 pupils all came down to the Beach to take part. We were joined by other organisations to deliver activities, focussing on different aspects of marine conservation: National Marine Aquarium – Plastic Pollution, The Shark Trust – Overfishing and Devon Wildlife Trust – Climate Change, and a fun day was had by all.
At the end of the first week we were joined by the team from The Wildlife Trusts Shoresearch Project in order to look at the protocol for conducting citizen science surveys of the rocky shore and the best way to refine them for ease of use in the field. In the afternoon we got down on the rocky shore to conduct a survey and learn more from the real experts and increase our knowledge.
Last week the highlight was the Plastic, Plymouth and the Planet Conference organized by Plastic Free Plymouth. Children from 25 schools all took part in the event to help draw attention to the plight of our seas and the damage that plastics are doing to the environment. During the conference school pupils were standing up and telling us what they had been doing to reduce the plastic usage in their schools and what they were going to do in the future. We manned a stand showcasing our status as a SAS Plastic Free Community Ambassador. Pupils from the schools came to make pledges on our paper starfish, to promise to reduce their plastic usage. The ideas, commitment and passion that these children showed throughout the day was inspiring and shows promise for the future. Thanks to the Environment Agency, Plymouth City Council, Surfers Against Sewage and Clean Our Patch who helped make it a great event.
Come down to the Marine Centre and see all the work we have been doing and why not make a plastic pledge #Wemburyplasticpledge or join in one of our rockpool safaris? #rockinthepools!