Families and individuals are invited to explore the coast this summer by participating in the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s National Maritime Week events.
The wildlife charity has planned a program full of coastal activities, from July 30 to August 8, to help people experience Cornwall’s unusual marine life up close.
Events include a Silent Disco Beach cleanup in Hayle, where participants can dance on the beach while picking up marine litter, as well as a guided snorkeling tour of Looe with the Trust’s marine experts.
Beachgoers will also be able to participate in group rock sessions in Bude, Perranporth, Polzeath, Newquay and Padstow.
Matt Slater, Marine Conservation Officer at the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, said: “National Marine Week is bigger and better than ever this year, with a slew of exciting events taking place all over Cornwall! Our Cornwall seas collaborate with wildlife from all over Cornwall! Shapes and sizes Fabulous animals such as ocean sunfish and basking sharks visit our shores and the amazing cuckoo fish – one of the most colorful fish in the seas – can be seen swimming in the kelp forests.
“It’s a great time to get out and explore our wonderful coastline. Whether you’re an avid sea enthusiast or have never had a look underwater before, we can’t wait to show you the wonders of our seas.”
National Marine Week, organized annually by the Wildlife Trusts, is an opportunity to celebrate the extraordinary marine life found around the UK’s shores. Cornwall boasts the longest coastline in England, stretching over 400 miles in length, and is home to world-rare gray seals, and the iconic choughs and pouch dolphins residing in the southwest.
The events are organized in partnership with Cornwall’s Your Shore Network – a movement of 17 community-led marine conservation groups coordinated by the Trust.
The Cornwall Wildlife Trust especially welcomes locals and their families to book for an upcoming event.
Matt continues: “Wherever you are in Cornwall, you are never more than 16 miles from the coast. Despite this, some locals don’t go to the beach in the summer.
“We have an incredible network of marine groups here in Cornwall – all led by volunteers. If you are interested in protecting our local marine environment, come and meet the people who do exactly that!”
For full details of each event and booking information (where applicable), visit www.cornwallwildlifetrust.org.uk/nationalmarineweek