National Marine Week is The Wildlife Trusts’ annual celebration of the wonderfully varied wildlife we have in our seas. We want to inspire people to find more to enjoy, more to learn and more to value in the fantastic marine life around our shores.
If you are sailing off to the coast look out for the events The Wildlife Trusts are running until August 10 for day-trippers and holidaymakers who want to savour our shores and discover what lies beneath the waves, ranging from rock pool rambles to seaside strolls along the strandline (the high water mark where shells, sea creatures and flotsam are left by the tide).
There are 13 starfish species that can be seen around the UK coast and The Wildlife Trusts’ focus is on five of the 13 - the common, spiny, brittle, bloody Henry starfish and the cushion star.
If you are on a staying at home you need not miss out on the fun - Leicestershire and Rutland may be a long way from the sea but we can still celebrate the richness of our Living Seas.
Go along to the ‘Loughborough-by-the-sea’ charity event in the town centre on Sunday August 3 (10am – 4pm) where Maggie, Pam and Kate from the Trust’s Charnwood Local Group will be showcasing The Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas campaign.
Discover more about the wonderful wildlife that lives beneath the waves and join in the shoals of family fun. There will be colouring sheets, finger puppets and maybe some sand for the younger children to dig into to find (plastic) sea creatures.
Throughout the summer, The Wildlife Trusts are asking children to write to the Prime Minister, asking him to protect our seas and sea life - and we will help you send a starfish pledge letter to David Cameron in a bid to get more special places at sea protected, through the designation of Marine Conservation Zones.
For more information about National Marine Week go to www.wildlifetrusts.org.uk
Photograph: Common starfish is one of 13 species to be found around the UK cost. (Paul Naylor, www.marinephoto.co.uk)