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Wild Coast Sussex – Funding for new project connecting young people to their local ocean

By: Victoria Riglen
Date posted: 21 July 2020

We’re delighted to have been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for our Wild Coast Sussex project which we’re working on alongside project lead Sussex Wildlife Trust and others. Wild Coast Sussex will inspire local communities to care for the marine environment and enable them to protect their local coast and sea.

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The Wild Coast Sussex project is a fantastic opportunity to engage and connect with young people who live along the Sussex coastline.

Alice Tebb,
Agents of Change Coordinator

Project activities will include a Wild Beach education programme for children, onsite and digital interpretation, a programme of citizen science surveys, fun new coastal activities and social events including beach cleans, a volunteer training programme, projects with young adults over 16 to develop local debate, action and opportunities for local marine conservation, and recycling of marine litter, including end of life fishing gear and ghost gear removed from the sea.

Alice Tebb, the Marine Conservation Society’s Agents of Change Coordinator said: “The Wild Coast Sussex project is a fantastic opportunity to engage and connect with young people who live along the Sussex coastline. We’ll be spending this summer talking with local young people about how we can best deliver bespoke events that will help them better connect with and protect their local ocean.

“Over the next 3 years, we hope our events will give young people living in coastal Sussex the opportunity to love their local ocean, learning how to reduce their impacts on it and being inspired to share this knowledge with others.”

Nikki Hills, Wild Coast Sussex Project Manager at Sussex Wildlife Trust said: “Our partnership champions the rare and precious marine wildlife found locally, highlighting the extraordinary underwater kelp forests, seahorses and rays once abundant in Sussex which could recover and thrive if local communities know about them, understand the threats and support their conservation.”

Stuart McLeod, Director London & South at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Coronavirus and the resulting lockdown has demonstrated just how important our natural world is to so many. Protecting our natural heritage and improving people’s access and engagement with it is a key priority for National Lottery funding and we are delighted to support Wild Coast Sussex.”

Wild Coast Sussex will target communities all along the Sussex coast with extra focus on Hastings, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Brighton, Worthing and Selsey. Sussex Wildlife Trust are lead partners on this exciting project with the Marine Conservation Society, Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and Brighton SEA LIFE.

For more information about the project please visit Sussex Wildlife Trust’s website here

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