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Mind ‘boggling’ sea creatures ‘pop up’ this summer!

Thursday 20th July 2017

Rockpooling at Boggle HoleAna Cowie shows a yound rockpooler the wonderful creatures to be found at Boggle Hole

Whether you live inland or on the coast, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is urging all to explore ‘The Sea and Me’ as the UK’s extraordinary marine life is celebrated nationally from Saturday July 29th to Sunday 13th August for National Marine Week.

There's a host of special marine-inspired events, talks, activities and workshops to enjoy during National Marine Week

Kick-starting the celebrations in Yorkshire, the local wildlife charity will be going wild about rockpools as it teams up with YHA Boggle Hole to offer families a fantastic insight into the marine life found off Yorkshire’s shores.

From ‘Seashore Safaris’ and coastal walks to searching the strandline for hidden treasures, special activities will be held out of Boggle Hole in Fylingthorpe near Whitby several times a week during National Marine Week and throughout the summer holidays.

For those who can’t resist going barmy for barnacles or cosying up to crabs, a ‘pop up’ visitor interpretation centre held out of YHA Boggle Hole’s boatshed and manned by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Living Seas team will inform and inspire people about Yorkshire’s marine environment.

Based on the Trust’s hugely successful Living Seas Centre sited further along the coast at Flamborough, the new summer centre will give Boggle Hole visitors the chance to get hands on with weird and wonderful touch displays, microscopes, and marine-inspired arts and crafts.

Velvet Swimming Crab Credit Anthony HurdAna Cowie, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Wild About Rockpools’ Assistant said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to work with YHA Boggle Hole and to widen Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s presence further up the coastline. The area is absolutely incredible and provides us with a fabulous rockpooling experience every time we go there. It’s one of the best areas around for young people to enjoy their first encounter with different marine species and will bring back fantastic childhood memories for adults.”

With its impressive cliffs and sweeping bay, Boggle Hole is an extraordinary place. The youth hostel is tucked away in an old smuggler’s cove, easily reached on foot at low tide along the shore from Robin Hood’s Bay or by the cliff path at other times.

For those travelling by car, the village of Fylingthorpe is a stone’s throw from Whitby and parking is available close to YHA Boggle Hole.

Please click here for details of all Yorkshire Wildlife Trust events at Boggle Hole and additional special marine-inspired talks, activities and workshops being held during National Marine Week.

To find out more about National Marine Week nationally visit