On Thursday 29th October we launched a new and exciting project being carried out here at Seascope. The Big Beach Crusade- Keep our Beaches clean is our new project generously funded by the the Northern Ireland Environment Agency Challenge Fund and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. We had the privilege of having the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan and MP Margaret Ritchie come down to launch the new project.
The Big Beach Crusade is going to be carried out here at Seascope, alongside our ongoing work with the European Lobster, we will be combining educating visitors on lobsters and the local fishing community as well as now running a beach educational programme and regular beach clean ups on the local coastline.
Here in Kilkeel, the local beaches are a very important part of the community and are a vital resource, especially for the tourism economy. However the beaches are regularly neglected as people fail to clean up after themselves and a lot of rubbish is left along the beach.
Through the staff here at Seascope, we will be educating the local schools, groups and local community about the importance of keeping the beaches clean, as well as providing an educational programme on beach safety, what kind of animals are found on the beach and how to protect them, as well as explaining all the different tidal zones and most importantly how to keep your beach clean.
We are thrilled to be able to take on this project and carry out such important work. By creating an interactive experience here at Seascope we believe we will be able to deliver a positive message and with the help of many different organisations and groups in the local area, we can make sure that our local beaches are kept clean which will enable everyone to enjoy them much more frequently.
This project will actively involve children and other members of the community in the conservation of the local coastline by taking part in litter clean up programmes as well as guided walks along the beach demonstrating the different zones and how they can be protected. Educating children about the tides is also important for their own safety at the beach. It is also an opportunity for them to learn about the troubles that the seashore is faced with including pollution, chemicals and oil spillages and ways in which they can make a difference.
We hope that this project will be a great success and will be hugely beneficial for the whole community. We will actively try and involve as many people as we can to spread the message and keep our beaches clean.