If you’re in need of some Vitamin Sea, National Marine Week from July 29th to August 13th offers endless opportunities to smell the seaweed, savour the sound of lapping waves, whilst searching for wild treasures around our shores.
Up and down the coast, Ulster Wildlife is hosting a shoal of fantastic marine events for day-trippers and holiday-makers to celebrate Northern Ireland’s amazing marine life.
Why not spend a sunny afternoon with the kids exploring rockpools, be dazzled on a snorkel safari by a chance encounter with a ballan wrasse, delight in our shore’s delicious wild food, or simply be amazed by the sight of a harbour porpoise or bottlenose dolphin from a headland.
From Cranfield to Cushendun, staff and volunteers will be sharing their knowledge, showcasing our marine environment and enthusing about the awe-inspiring variety of species, from molluscs to minke whales, which call our waters home.
Dave Wall, living seas officer with Ulster Wildlife, said: “Summer is not complete without a visit to the coast. The waters around Northern Ireland are teeming with life as extraordinary as any found in tropical seas, yet for many this hidden treasure trove of discovery and adventure is often overlooked.
“National Marine Week offers everyone the opportunity to discover more to enjoy, more to learn and more to value in the magnificent marine life around our shores.
Summer is not complete without a visit to the coast. The waters around Northern Ireland are teeming with life as extraordinary as any found in tropical seas, yet for many this hidden treasure trove of discovery and adventure is often overlooked.Dave Wall, Living seas officer, Ulster Wildlife
“Once they know what’s out there, we have no doubt that many more people will want to help look after and protect this precious resource for future generations.”
During National Marine Week, people across the UK are being asked to consider their relationship with the sea.
The Wildlife Trusts’ The Sea and Me challenge asks everyone to make a pledge for the sea, for example, to say no to single use plastics like cups, bags and straws which can end up in the oceans.
National Marine Week events are spread across two weeks in order to take advantage of low tides, and include:
July 29, 11.30am – 1pm: Marine mammal watch at Magilligan
July 29, 2.30pm – 3.30pm: Strandline walk at Magilligan
July 29, 12pm to 8pm: Living Seas Exploration Stand at Red Sails Festival, Portstewart
August 1, 1pm to 3.30pm: Snorkel safari at Cranfield Beach
August 3, 1pm to 4pm: Coastal foraging at Groomsport
August 4, 1.30pm to 3.30pm: Cave and rockpool exploring at Cushendun Caves
August 5, 10am to 4pm: Living Seas Exploration Stand at Donaghadee Festival RNLI Day
August 10, 9.30am to 4.30pm: Marine mammal survey training course at CEDAR, Cultra
August 13, 10am to 1pm: Coastal foraging at Cushendall
August 15, 9.30am – 12pm: Snorkel Safari at Glenarm
To join in, visit www.ulsterwildlife.org/whats-on