90 champions for marine wildlife
The Marine Wildlife Champions Project was established by the charity Devon Wildlife Trust in 2014 and is funded by the National Marine Aquarium, with event sponsorship from South West Water. This year it is working with nine educational groups across Devon, involving 90 pupils who range from age 6 to 18.
90 ‘Marine Champions’ – 10 pupils from each participating school or educational group – met last week at a special ‘Beach Conference’ run at Devon Wildlife Trust’s Wembury Marine Centre and sponsored by South West Water. The mission for each of the champions is to inspire behaviour change within their education settings and among their peers, by educating others on how to become more ocean-friendly.
The ‘Beach Conference’ gave the students an opportunity to learn about issues including sustainable fishing, water pollution and plastic pollution through a series of workshops delivered by Devon Wildlife Trust, The Shark Trust, National Marine Aquarium and South West Water.
Outdoor interactive learning
The emphasis of the day focused on interactive, outdoor learning, but most importantly fun and enjoyment. All the pupils thoroughly enjoyed getting their feet wet on the Rockpool safari.