National Marine Week 2017
I adore being near the ocean, but that’s hardly surprising as I’ve spent my life living in the south-west of England… We’re literally surrounded by water! If I go too far inland I feel uneasy, and most Cornish people I’ve met will say the same. Tomorrow marks the start of National Marine Week 2017, a campaign that despite what the title suggests goes on for two weeks. The dates vary from year to year, but this year it’s happening from the 29th of July to the 13th of August and it’s the perfect excuse to get out there and get sand between your toes and salt in your hair.
The UK coastline is home to some fascinating marine wildlife, and no matter how much you think you know about the species that inhabit our shores there’s always something new to discover. The sea makes up approximately 71% of the earth’s surface and because of their depth account for 99% of the living space on our planet. We actually know more about the surface of Mars than we do the depths of our oceans (source) so I can guarantee there’s plenty of exciting things for you to uncover over the next two weeks and beyond. Whether you venture to the coast or research from the comfort of your home, you’ll soon find yourself lost in an alien world full of all manner of weird and wonderful wildlife.
This year the Wildlife Trusts are asking people to make small changes that will have a big impact. Find out more about that here, along with information about the many Wildlife Trust activities happening across the UK. Pledge to do one or more things from their list of activities and share using the hashtag #TheSeaAndMe. The more you can do the better! Human activity has had a devastating effect on our marine life, with many underwater habitats already lost, but we can all make simple adjustments to our lives that will make a difference.
Be sure to let me know what you’ve got planned for National Marine Week! I’d love to hear what you’re getting up to. Over the next two weeks I’ll be talking about some of my favourite ocean wonders, as well as sharing ideas and projects you can get involved in, so if you want to keep updated please make sure you’re subscribed. I’m active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or you can always follow using BlogLovin’ or pop the link to my feed into your favourite RSS Reader.
Get inspired, take action, and together we can save our seas!