What picture does the phrase "Living Seas" conjure up in your mind? A rocky reef bursting with brightly coloured fish, corals and sponges? A boat trip in the company of leaping dolphins and playful seals? Fishermen hauling nets brimming with big, tasty fish?
Living Seas are all these things and more. We urgently need your help to bring back the UK’s Living Seas.
Twelve Wildlife Trusts (Northumberland, Durham, Tees Valley, Yorkshire, Sheffield, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Leicestershire and Rutland, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk), located from the Midlands to the East coast of England, aim to make the concept of 'Living Seas' a reality though a project which will promote protection of the North Sea's weird and wonderful marine wildlife, from the smallest plankton to the largest whales.
The project focuses mainly on the English North Sea, from Northumberland down to Suffolk and 200 nautical miles out to sea.
Click here for a fascinating infographic on the changing North Sea
To find out more visit www.northseawildlife.org.uk
The UK's sea life needs YOU
Become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones by going to www.wildlifetrusts.org/mczfriends
Samuel Stuart and Bas Forgham will talk about the coal mine history of the area and nature reserve.