Wembury Marine Centre Partnership, Funders and History

Wembury Marine Centre Partnership, Funders and History

Our Partners:

Wembury Marine Centre is managed by Devon Wildlife Trust on behalf of a partnership of funders – Devon County Council, Devon Wildlife Trust, National TrustSouth Hams District Council and the University of Plymouth's Marine Institute, with support and guidance from the Wembury Marine Conservation Area Advisory Group.

WMC funding partner logos including Uni

Additional funding support:

Wembury Marine Centre is delighted to receive the financial support of Campaign to Protect Rural England, Devon (CPRE Devon) to support our work for three years. CPRE Devon works to protect Devon’s precious countryside, green spaces and unique Devon landscapes.

Wembury Marine Centre is thankful for the support from the National Lottery Community Fund for our new website and invaluable support to our work including our successful 2019 Wembury BioBlitz event. 

Wembury Marine Centre is extremely grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund for financial support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Wembury Marine Centre is fortunate to receive the financial support of South West Water to allow us to deliver classroom talks free of charge for schools who visit us at Wembury beach. In addition, South West Water part fund our yearly Marine Wildlife Champions project for schools.

In 2020 the Centre also received support from Churchwood Valley Holiday ParkComplete Tenders Ltd and Wembury Parish Council

Find our more about the history of Wembury Marine Centre below:

Wembury Marine Centre was the inspiration of marine biologist, the late Dr Norman Holme.

Wembury Marine Centre opened in 1994, it was opened in July 1994 by the late Cllr John Squire, chairman of South Hams District Council.

The Centre was built with funding from South Hams District Council, the European Regional Development Fund, English Nature and the Countryside Commission.

The Centre was refurbished in 2006 with support from the National Lottery Fund through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Plymouth City Council through the Landfill Tax Credits Scheme with the assistance of the South West England Environmental Trust and a legacy in memory of William and Helena Heath (nee Hurrell), beloved parents of Dorothy Harris.

The Centre was again refurbished in 2020 with support from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund. 

Find out more about Devon Wildlife Trust's other visitor experiences

Did you know, as well as Wembury Marine Centre, Devon Wildlife Trust is proud to offer the Seaton Jurassic Visitor Centre experience! 

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Compass jellyfish Alex Mustard

A compass jellyfish (Chrysaora hysoscella) swims over a rocky reef, Plymouth, Devon, England. English Channel. - Alexander Mustard/2020VISION