Living Seas Centre coming to Flamborough
Monday 22nd August 2011
Flamborough - Credit Martin Batt
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is pleased to be developing the Living Seas Centre in Flamborough this winter in preparation for a busy year in 2012.
Anthony Hurd, Living Seas Centre Officer says:
“The centre will be open for members of the public to ‘drop in’, with children’s activities, such as arts and crafts available at all times, while parents and adults can relax with a hot drink. As the marine awareness programme develops, so too will the Living Seas Centre - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust have exciting plans for the future!”
The centre will be the first of its kind on the North Sea coast and will provide an excellent resource to local people and those visiting from further afield. Research has shown that there is a real requirement for new visitor centres such as this to explain what can be found under the waves off the East Yorkshire coast; wildlife which is mostly unknown to visitors and residents. An educational centre, it will champion the Wildlife Trust’s vision for Living Seas providing interactive displays to highlight and encourage wider appreciation of our marine wildlife.
Living Seas are those in which marine wildlife thrives, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows. The North Sea in particular is teeming with a rich and diverse marine life, but this is under threat. We hope to engage the public in their marine wildlife by running events from the centre including rockpool rambles, scavenger hunts and beach cleans. Themed events will also increase understanding of the marine environment by taking a closer look at things such as seaweed and plankton, while during term time the Living Seas Centre will be running a dedicated education programme for visiting schools. In the future we are also hoping to run snorkel safaris, allowing adults and children to truly experience the North Sea’s diverse marine wildlife!
With greater appreciation and understanding of the marine wildlife found off the Yorkshire coast we hope that members of the public will help us to save our seas.
The centre will also greatly complement the Yorkshire Nature Triangle; with Yorkshire Water and RSPB due to invest in new visitor facilities too these should jointly help develop nature tourism in East Yorkshire.
It is thanks to funding from LEADER, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, The Crown Estate and support from our members that we can move forward with this fantastic centre which will help increase understanding and empathy for our marine wildlife.