The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
"I stumbled across the 'Our Irish Sea' project on a trip to Formby beach and spent the afternoon learning all about the weird and wonderful creatures on the strandline. My daughters had an amazing time digging in the sand for worms and shells, and since returning home have decided they want to protect all the animals in the sea when they grow up.”
The 'Our Irish Sea' project was all about changing the perception many people who live in Merseyside and Lancashire have of the Irish Sea. The Wildlife Trust wanted to deliver inspirational and engaging marine activities along the coast to raise awareness about the wealth of wildlife the Irish Sea supports and the importance of protecting it for the future.
The Sea-Changers grant was used to purchase equipment for running outdoor, practical events for local people and schools. The project encouraged the participation of Shoresearches, to record the vast array of marine life that washes up on the strandline and Seawatches, to record large fauna in the Irish Sea. The aim was to build a lasting connection that will encourage people to support the campaign for protection of this precious marine area.