Spring into action for seagrass
24 January 2022 / By Esther Farrant, Education Officer
Snowdrops are emerging at our re-wilding site on Wembury recreation ground where we partnered Parklife Southwest last Autumn. It reminds us that spring is on its way – an exciting time of renewal and growth.
In our seagrass lab at the National Marine Aquarium, our seedlings are growing well. Growth is also happening on our education program as we begin booking schools in our Solent and Essex regions. If you are an educator in these areas, please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anchoring and Mooring
Our spring programme of webinars is underway which is aimed at recreational boaters within the Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) that we work in. These online sessions include information about the local area, our project aims, and how boaters can contribute. We have had some great interest so far and very positive feedback.
Essex Estuaries: 3 Feb
Plymouth Sound & Estuaries: 10 Feb & 10 Mar.
Solent Maritime: 17 Feb
Fal & Helford: 2 Mar
All from 7.30pm to 8.30pm
In Plymouth, Leigham Primary School has been working with us following their Ocean Week last Autumn. Year 1 has been planting wildflower seed bombs in the soft verges around their school and playground. We gave the students a virtual glimpse into our seagrass laboratory where our cultivation officer was planting seagrass seeds in the grow tanks. The learning objectives focused on plant care and what plants need to grow. The students enjoyed making their wildflower seed bombs and, having deployed them with enthusiasm around their school, will be taking charge of their care and monitoring growth into the spring. I have been informed that the care and maintenance of their seeds includes litter picks, watering, and even singing to their seeds. (We are considering employing this last care technique in our seagrass laboratory!)
In February we will be visiting schools in the Solent to teach students about the work we are doing in the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation. Then in March, we have an intense week of volunteer seagrass seed bag packing planned. We’ll be deploying them at our restoration site west of the mouth of the Beaulieu River. This will see us link up with members of the community, as well as students from Solent University, Southampton University, and Portsmouth University, plus several local schools. All will come together to contribute to this huge seagrass restoration effort. If you’d like to volunteer in either Plymouth, Southampton, or Portsmouth, register on our events page. And thank you, we couldn’t do it without your help!
Home Education program
In the Spring term we are launching our Home Education program, which has already attracted so much interest. Tailored to home educators, and encouraging as much outdoor learning as possible, this educational series of engagements will communicate our project aims with hands-on activities and sustained engagement with both the students, and their families in the community.
How will you get engaged with nature this new year and connect with your Ocean? Perhaps by taking a coastal walk, planting some seeds, or going for a swim in the sea…
Snap a photo and tag #SaveOurSeabed #ThinkOcean @EULIFERemedies @oceanconservationtrust to share with the seagrass community.