Wembury Marine Centre, which is managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, plans to use the money to help stage a giant ‘bioblitz’, a 24-hour search for species carried out by local people, as well as to improve the facilities of its Centre which welcomes more than 20,000 visitors through its doors each year.
Coral Smith is one of the Wembury Marine Centre’s Marine Education Officers and is coordinating the Bioblitz. Coral said:
“I am absolutely delighted that we have been given this boost from The National Lottery Community Fund. It allows us to stage our Bioblitz event, in partnership with the Marine Biological Association of the UK. This 24-hour survey of species living around the Marine Centre and Wembury Bay will bring together scientists, naturalists and the local community, giving us a greater understanding of how our local wildlife is faring in today’s climate, and the actions we can all take to protect it. The Bioblitz will also be a brilliant way to celebrate what is also Wembury Marine Centre’s 25th anniversary!”
The Bioblitz will take place from 10am on Friday 27 and will finish on Saturday 28 September at Wembury Marine Centre, Church Rd, Wembury, Plymouth, PL9 0HP. It’s free to attend and the message is you don’t have to be an expert to take part!
“We’re looking for people who are interested in wildlife and are prepared to help us search for as many different species as we can discover in 24 hours. There will be a timetable of public friendly events and activities running throughout the 24 hours, which anyone can join to discover wildlife living on our shores and coastline, on local farmland and woodland. People can stay for as long as they like. It should be a great event. It will certainly be fascinating to learn just how many different plants and animals live close by – it could be hundreds, including some we never even knew of.”
In the longer term, National Lottery funding will also allow Wembury Marine Centre to upgrade its visitor facilities improving welcome signage as well as launching a new website. The centre is open from Easter to October each year and during its 25-year history has helped thousands of local people and tourists learn more about Devon’s precious marine environment.
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