Celebrating our seas with National Marine Week

Thursday 21st July 2016

Rockpooling in Scilly ~ © BareFoot PhotographerRockpooling in Scilly ~ © BareFoot Photographer

This year the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is celebrating National Marine Week (23rd July to 7th August 2016) and we are inviting everyone to join in. We have a whole range of activities and events taking place over the "Week" (which is actually two weeks!) and for those of you that can't join us there's no excuse as you can access activities through our website!

Living on an Island the sea is incredibly important; it sustains a multitude of marine life and is a part of every Islanders daily life in one way or another, whether that's work or play, survival or pleasure.  National Marine Week gives us the opportunity to showcase this and is a chance for everyone to celebrate the sea and what it gives us.  It also gives us the opportunity to show you how you can help us to look after it and protect it.

The sea around our Islands is highly designated recognising that Scilly and it's surrounding waters are an incredibly special place.  The Isles of Scilly Marine Conservation Zone is made up of 11 inshore sites around the Islands and covers 30 km2; in addition to this the Islands are designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Special Protection Area (SPA), RAMSAR site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), just to name a few!  

So, why not come and join us over National Marine Week to celebrate our seas, find out more about our amazing wildlife and discover why Scilly is so special (if you don't already know!)  

We'll be talking Shearwaters and Seals, Nurdles and Army men, Puffins and Porpoise, Winkles and Whales, Rockpools and Lego; if you want to know how these and much more are all linked to our sea then you know what you have to do!

We have a range of activities on offer over the coming weeks; or if you can't join us you can download our activity sheets from our website and go it alone!  Either way make sure you let us know what your up to, either via Twitter or our FaceBook Page!

  • Tuesday 26th July 2016 - 10:00-12:00 - Tresco Walk - The walks start outside the Ruin Beach Cafe at 10:00am. Sensible footwear is strongly advised and binoculars will be useful if you have them.  The walks are free (although donations to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will be welcome). So come and join us; discover Tresco's wild-side and learn about the vital conservation and land management work which is taking place across the Islands!
  • Wednesday 27th July 2016 - 13:00-15:00 - Wildlife Safari - Departing from St Agnes Quay at 13:00.  We will be guiding you around the Western Rocks where we expect to see Puffins, Manx shearwaters, Guillimots, Razorbills, Shags and Fulmars (during their breeding season - April to the end of July), Dolphins, Porpoise and Sunfish may also be seen.
  • Friday 29th July 2016 - 15:00-16:30 - Rockpool Ramble & Beachcombing at Porthcressa - Meet outside the TIC.  A free family activity (although donations to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will be welcome).  If you want to meet some of our less well known residents and are keen to discover Sea slugs, Squat lobsters, Pipe fish, Dog whelks, Strawberry Anemones and much more then come and join us!
  • Sunday 31st July 2016 - 12:00 onwards - St Martin's Fete - We are joining forces with Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project to offer a wide range of wildlife related activities throughout the afternoon. 

  • Tuesday 2nd August 2016 - 10:00-12:00 - Tresco Walk - The walks start outside the Ruin Beach Cafe at 10:00am. Sensible footwear is strongly advised and binoculars will be useful if you have them. The walks are free (although donations to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will be welcome). So come and join us; discover Tresco's wild-side and learn about the vital conservation and land management work which is taking place across the Islands!
  • Wednesday 3rd August 2016 - 13:00-15:00 - Wildlife Safari - - Departing from St Agnes Quay at 13:00. We will be guiding you around the Western Rocks where we expect to see Puffins, Manx shearwaters, Guillimots, Razorbills, Shags and Fulmars (during their breeding season - April to the end of July), Dolphins, Porpoise and Sunfish may also be seen.
  • Friday 5th August 2016 - 11:00-12:30 - Rockpool Ramble & Beachcombing - at Porthcressa - Meet outside the TIC.  These are free family activities (although donations to the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust will be welcome). If you want to meet some of our less well known residents and are keen to discover Sea slugs, Squat lobsters, Pipe fish, Dog whelks, Strawberry Anemones and much more then come and join us!
  • Sunday 7th August 2016 - 12:00 onwards - St Agnes Fete - We are joining forces with Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project to offer a wide range of wildlife related activities throughout the afternoon.

For more information about what else we have on offer this summer check out the Events & Education section on our website.

Follow us on Twitter (@ScillyWildlife) and FaceBook (Isles of Scilly Widlife Trust) to keep up to date with what is happening! 

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