Cumbria gets ready to grab its buckets and spades.
Written by Jason Rushworth on July 25, 2020
FROM OUR REPORTER JASON RUSHWORTH
This Saturday see the return of National Marin week across the Cumbria coast.
The Wildlife Trust Cumbria have allocated this Saturday the 25th to kick start National Marin week, which will run over two weeks this year through to the 9th of August.
They want us to take advantage of a full fortnight between the tides – and the trust will put on a range of live and socially distanced events to engage us.
One thing that can’t take place this year will be the popular Beached Art event at St Bees. But together with other wild life trusts the Cumbria branch is launching the biggest Beached Art sand sculpture competition ever!
The Trust tells us that all you have to do over the next 14 days is head to your local beach or even a sand pit in your garden, get creative and send your pictures online to #BeachedArt creations.
The winners – as judged by an independent panel – will receive:
1st Prize – Grey seal adoption pack, a plastic free goodie bag & story trail collection.
2nd Prize – Rockpooling kit and a plastic free goodie bag and story trail collection.
3rd Prize – Plastic free goodie bag & story trail collection.
The other event running over both weeks this year will be the Coastal Nature Challenge. Your asked to spot and record as many different coastal wildlife species as possible during National Marine Week! You will be looking for all wildlife on your part of the Cumbrian coastline. Whether that’s searching for shells on the strandline, looking into crevices and rockpools, exploring the critters that live in our mudflats, or discovering flowers in the sand dunes – the trust wants to know what you see and where you saw it!
When you sign up you’ll be sent details of how to use the ‘iNaturalist app,’ and submit sightings to the project. Spotter sheets, and the coastal code of conduct emails will be sent to all the volunteers. The trust tells us that no special knowledge or skills are required this year– they provide you with everything you need to make it easy and fun.