Plymouthians from disadvantaged areas can connect to sea life for free
A group of people passionate about marine life try to connect others with the beauty of nature with a brand new project.
The Rock Pool Project, led by former teacher Alan Smith, launched its Plymouth center this summer after four years of being established in Falmouth.
The team have now launched an exciting new venture called the Blue Recovery Project, which aims to inspire and connect people in deprived areas of Falmouth and Plymouth with their local marine wildlife.
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It comes after receiving almost £150,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The team decided to launch the project after fearing that locals would be disconnected from their nearby beaches and marine heritage.
Today, the Rock Pool Project launches its exciting two-year Blue Recovery Project aimed at solving this problem.
Through National Lottery players, the innovative non-profit organization will help hundreds of local people explore, understand and care for their local wildlife and coastline.
Adults and families in eligible zip codes will have the opportunity to enjoy free, expert-led rock pooling events, join the new Blue Recovery community, receive citizen science training, and experience the fun and freedom that comes with a walk in a rock pool and time spent with friends. to the beach.
The Rock Pool Project partners with the following highly experienced and established organizations to provide Blue Recovery;
⦁The Association of Marine Biology
⦁Cornwall Marine System
⦁Nudge Community Builders
⦁The Dracena Center
⦁Mount Batten Watersports Center
The Blue Recovery Beach Days will take place monthly, starting Saturday February 19 in Falmouth and Sunday February 20 in Plymouth. People can find out if they are eligible to attend and reserve their spot through The Rock Pool Project website.
Alan Smith, Co-Founder and Director of Education of The Rock Pool Project said, “We were over the moon and very moved to learn that we had received this grant.
“All of us on The Rock Pool Project team have been blessed to enjoy exploring the wondrous world of rock pools for most of our lives, and now we can share the joy and wonder of discovering the wildlife with people who have not had such opportunities.”
People living in relevant zip codes can join the Blue Recovery community and enjoy free events and training as:
⦁ Citizen Scientists: for adults and children over 16
⦁Rock Pool Families: for families with young children
⦁Blue Recovery Rangers: leadership roles for a small number of dedicated adults
Falmouth and Plymouth are both pioneers in reconnecting their populations with local marine heritage. Falmouth has declared an urgent need for ocean recovery while Plymouth Sound has been designated the UK’s first national marine park. The Rock Pool Project and their partners are passionate about supporting the goals and communities of both locations through the Blue Recovery Project.
During the summer months, special “See Our Shoreline” beach events will provide an opportunity for Blue Recovery Rangers to share their learning and growing passion for marine wildlife with the wider community, visitors to the area and local businesses.
All information will be available as the project develops on The Rock Pool Project website.
Dr. Ben Holt, co-founder and CEO of The Rock Pool Project, said, “Blue Recovery will be a game-changer for local people and for local marine conservation. The pandemic has reminded us of the importance of community and enjoying our local natural environment, and our project will combine these two important issues to create a better future.
I am very excited to begin training people of all ages to become local wildlife experts, allowing them to take advantage of this amazing free local natural resource and contribute to our conservation research.
Stuart McLeod, Director, England, London and South of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “We are delighted to support the Rock Pool Project’s ‘Blue Recovery’.
“With money raised by National Lottery players, this project will help people in deprived areas of Plymouth and Falmouth reconnect with nature and their local coastline. Through fundraising initiatives like these, we hope to show the positive benefits that exploring our coasts can have on well-being and the importance of protecting them for future generations to enjoy.
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