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Spring 2022 Main Grant awards announced

Updated: Jun 28, 2022

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve just awarded over £30,000 to marine conservation projects through our Spring Main Grants programme. They include:

  • Organisations working in Pembrokeshire, Devon and Cornwall in the relatively new field of regenerative ocean farming and rewilding.

  • Our ‘Tackling Ocean Plastics’ funding stream, supported by our partners Extrême ice cream, has funded five marine litter projects including research into marine microplastic accumulation, installation of beach tidying stations in Margate and remote beach cleans in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area.

  • Numbers of many species of seabirds have dropped alarmingly since the 1980s. We’ve funded two projects working to research the problem and help turn things around – monitoring migratory seabirds in Lincolnshire and protecting breeding Little Terns in Yorkshire.

  • We also funded 3 organisations who originally applied to our Marine Conservation Fund and who are running projects that deliver both conservation and social benefits.

These grants are only possible because of the support of individual donors and our business partners. We want to say a huge thank you to all of you who are helping to enable so much wonderful marine conservation to take place right around the UK.

In total, 16 organisations have received a grant of up to £2500. They are:

  • Beachwatch Bute -BEACHWATCH BUTE 2022 - purchasing litter storage benches to encourage coastal litter picks.

  • Blue Hope Alliance - Community Engagement & Communication Project - building community engagement with an online archive of marine conservation data.

  • Car-Y-Mor - Introducing Ocean Farming - working with school children and students to introduce them to regenerative ocean farming.

  • Cormacks Seaweed CIC - Kelp Farm in Babbacombe Bay, Devon - building a community-owned seaweed farm.

  • Errington Primary School - Marske Beach Plastic Patrol - funding the equipment needed for children and parents to do beach cleans in Marske-by-the-Sea, near Redcar.

  • Fal Fishery Cooperative CIC - SavingESTER Community Outreach & Beach Studies - engaging the younger community with marine conservation through an oyster rewilding project.

  • Falmouth Marine Conservation - The Seagrass Outreach Project - engaging children and young people from the local community, especially those from disadvantaged areas, with marine conservation.

  • Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust - Motus Receiver Station at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory - purchasing kit needed to monitor migrating birds and bats as part of a European network of data collection.

  • Newquay Marine Group - What's in Our Water - working with disadvantaged people in the local community in citizen science research into water quality.

  • Our Only World - Harbour Walls project - installing a Living Sea Wall to support increased biodiversity in Falmouth harbour.

  • PLANET AWARE - Ocean challenge - encouraging families to connect with the coast through challenges such as nurdle hunting, reuse/repair and rockpooling.

  • Project Baseline UK - Microplastic accumulation in Marine Sediments - collecting sediment and water samples from around the UK to ascertain the distribution of microplastics.

  • RISE UP. CLEAN UP. MARGATE. - TidyPac Stations - funding beach clean stations on Margate beach.

  • Scottish Seabird Centre - Blue Wilderness Ventures - helping disadvantaged young people gain confidence, social skills and mental health and wellbeing benefits through learning and taking part in marine conservation.

  • Spurn Bird Observatory Trust Ltd - Little Tern Protection scheme - funding a lookout shelter for the wardens who are monitoring and protecting a breeding colony of Britain's rarest breeding seabird.

  • Ullapool Sea Savers - Remote Beach Cleans in Wester Ross Marine Protected Area - enabling the local community to do beach cleans in remote areas where rubbish removal is particularly difficult.

The next deadline for Main Grant applications is 30th September 2022.


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