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Make the most of the coast in National Marine Week with Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Dip your toes in to the wild world of marine wildlife with Norfolk Wildlife Trust during National Marine Week from 27 July to 11 August.

Our Norfolk coast is special: home to grey and common seals, rare breeding seabirds including little and Sandwich terns and Europe’s longest marine chalk reef - a key habitat, not just for the crabs and lobsters which support a traditional potting industry, but also for a great richness of marine wildlife.

In the UK, we are never more than 70 miles from the coast. Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Marine Week events are designed to inspire a new generation to love and care for our seas.

Marine Week Matthew Roberts

Head of People and Wildlife at Norfolk Wildlife Trust, David North said: “If you can’t tell your winkles from your whelks, or don’t know the difference between a shore crab and an edible crab, join us for a fun session rockpooling at West Runton Beach. We will also be sea dipping and searching for sharks at NWT Holme Dunes. Or if you would like to get directly involved in helping marine wildlife then you could join one of our regular monthly beach cleans. Celebrate our living seas this Marine Week celebration and help us work towards a sustainable future for our marine wildlife.”

The Wildlife Trusts campaign for better protection for wildlife and its home around the UK. NWT successfully campaigned, along with others, for the designation of the Cromer Shoal Chalk Reef as a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). MCZs are protected areas at sea that are proven to benefit our marine wildlife. They recently welcomed the news that the Government is designating a third phase of new Marine Conservation Zones, including four new sites in the North Sea, bringing the total to 91 of these specially protected underwater landscapes around our shores.

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Rockpooling West Runton
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