Wembury beach in the winter is a spectacular place, the waves crash and the wind blows and no more so than today as Storm Jonas batters the Marine Centre as I type.

Winter is a quieter time for us – a chance for us to take stock of the 2015 season and plan for 2016 and the year ahead.

We are already taking school bookings and are delighted to be welcoming Keyham Barton, Mary Tavy, Whitchurch and Chaddlewood Primary schools to the beach this summer and we’re sure there will be many more joining them.

Coombe Dean School have booked for June too and we’ll be trialing our new and exciting Snorkel Safaris with them before running some snorkeling sessions for the public in the summer holidays too.

Public events aren’t forgotten and there will be a wide range of family friendly events to come along to – Rockpool Safaris – some with a survey, some for toddlers, some extreme on super low tides plus lots of our standard rockpooling sessions. Snorkel Safaris. Seashore Crafts. Marine Minibeasts. Stream Dipping Discoveries. Super Seaweed. And much more! Keep an eye on our website for details.

In 2016 we’ll be joined by a LEMUR+ trainee on a placement with us from April – November and we’re recruiting for them right now! We’ve selected our candidates to interview and can’t wait to meet them in a few weeks to decide who is right for our team.

We’re also recruiting for two interns through Plymouth University on our annual placement scheme and applications close on the 1st February so not long now!

Work experience remains an important part of what we do and we’ll welcome 5 young people to the team in June and July this year to find out more about what we do – supporting the next generation of scientists has never been more important.

Finally and most importantly we keep in touch with our group of part time volunteers, we couldn’t manage without them and we’d miss them if we didn’t see them all winter! Most recently some of us headed to Saltram for a lovely muddy walk around the estate – happy times : )

Happy New Year,

Cat and Coral


Vols walk Jan 16 (1) (Medium) Vols walk Jan 16 (3) (Medium)