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World beneath the sea explored

D14242011a Sorcha Griffin-Tester, eight

D14242011a Sorcha Griffin-Tester, eight

MARINE life was explored in Shoreham as the district marked World Oceans Day on Saturday.

The international day was first designated at the Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992, so organisers were pleased to welcome Nico Peel, with her exhibit Amazonia, as she has been to the Amazon and met the tribes living there.

Andy Horton, a founder-member of Adur World Oceans Day, said events occur all around the world and he thought it was important for Shoreham to take part, because of its fishing presence and marine history.

“We always hope to do this unique event in Shoreham because of its maritime heritage,” he added. “Coronation Green was the area of the medieval port in the days of sailing vessels, so it seems a fitting and attractive venue beside the River Adur.

“The children seem to have enjoyed themselves. It is an introduction to the fascinating world beneath the seas and seashore, which I wish I knew more about when I was their age.

“That’s the point – there is nothing like seeing lobsters and crabs for real, and the exhibits came from the shore at Shoreham to Worthing and were returned to the sea afterwards.”

The event, organised with the help of the British Marine Life Study Society, has been running for 15 years and Mr Horton said he was amazed to have been blessed with fine weather every year so far.

Local groups involved included Friends of Shoreham Beach, the Shoreham Society, Sussex Wildlife Trust, Southwick Photographic Club and 3rd Shoreham Sea Scouts, with displays about oceans, the seashore and local heritage.

As a follow-up, there is a rockpooling event on the seashore by Shoreham Fort, on Shoreham Beach, on Tuesday, August 5, at 10.30am, organised by Friends of Shoreham Beach.

Mr Horton added: “All local societies are eligible for inclusion for further events. I think it is rather important for local groups to have a public presence once a year, at least, and the opportunity is open for interactive activities.”

Anyone interested in volunteering next year, especially younger people with fresh ideas on the educational theme, can email Andy Horton at glaucus@hotmail.com.

He can also offer a list of speakers for illustrated talks on the seashore and other wildlife themes for children, older students and adults, as well as an occasional field trip.

 

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