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Conservation trusts unite with first ever seagrass festival

Wild Planet Trust have just announced an extraordinary collaboration with Blue Meadows (Ocean Conservation Trust) to host their first ever annual Seagrass Fest.

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Seagrass meadows provide an important habitat for a variety of marine life, including endangered creatures such as the spiny seahorse (©Georgie Bull)

Taking place on 20th August 2023 at Brixham’s Breakwater Beach, this unique event promises to be fun and educational, celebrating the biodiversity of Tor Bay’s seagrass meadows as well as reaching out to the community with hopes of fostering a sense of environmental responsibility.

Seagrass Fest invites visitors of all ages to discover the wonders of seagrass, an essential component of the marine ecosystem, and the diverse wildlife that call it home. With plenty of engaging activities on offer, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the crucial role seagrass plays in sustaining marine life and supporting biodiversity.

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The event will be hosted at Breakwater Beach in Brixham on Sunday 20th August 2023

Wild Planet Trust hopes that Seagrass Fest will not only offer an entertaining day for families and individuals but will also ignite a passion for ocean conservation and sustainability. Megan Ross, Projects and Partnerships officer for Wild Planet Trust, commented:

“We are very excited to be teaming up with Ocean Conservation Trust to host this unique event, as both of our charities work to raise awareness about marine conservation. The collaboration with Blue Meadows allows us to pool our resources and create a memorable event that will highlight the importance of seagrass and encourage active participation in its protection.”

A spokesperson for Blue Meadows added:

“A key element in our Blue Meadows project is to raise awareness of the importance of seagrass and engage with as many people as possible, inspiring them to look after our seagrass meadows and help them flourish. This unique event is the perfect platform for us to do this and comes at the perfect time after recently protecting all the seagrass beds in Torbay with our Blue Meadows marker buoys. We are very much looking forward to it.”

The Seagrass Fest agenda features an enticing line-up of activities, including guided snorkelling sessions which will provide a unique opportunity to witness marine life up close.

This free event is open to the public and selected activities may require advanced booking. To find out more, please click here. You can also email [email protected] with any direct enquiries.