Kent has a remarkable marine environment with the longest coastline of any county. The Trust believes that the sea and our coast contain some of our most rich, vulnerable and least understood communities; they hold a beauty and mystery we are only now beginning to discover.

Watch this short video clip that was taken in the proposed Dover to Folkestone Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).

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All of us have an affinity with the sea for a variety of reasons, whether it was rock pooling as a child, long walks down the beach or sitting eating fish and chips watching the sun go down. However, we are all aware of the damage that is being done to our seas through pollution, over fishing and dredging.

Kent Wildlife Trust, along with other users of the sea are campaigning hard to create wildlife reserves at sea called Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The MCZs are designed to provide protection to our diverse marine life, some of it nationally rare.

11 MCZs were identified around Kent's coasts and recommended to Government, however, of these, just four are on the Government's list to designate in 2013 leaving seven unprotected. We are disappointed that the Government does not share our view of the significance of this opportinity. It has taken 10 years of extensive volunteer and staff effort to get this far, so we are campaigning further for the Government to agree a timeline to designate the other areas.

However, this continued work is a huge drain on our resources and income and that is why we need your support to help protect our marine life. The seas have a remarkable capacity to recover, but only if we give them a chance so please donate today.

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How your money will help:

  • Ongoing campaigning to secure MCZs

  • Running the Seasearch and Shoresearch programmes that provide evidence to Government for MCZs

  • Match funding from Interreg to fund an Assistant Marine Officer

  • Boat hire for Seasearch dives

  • Producing site dossiers for each site to present data and evidence to GovernmentTompot blenny © Ian Pilling

  • Running awareness events - getting people engaged with MCZs

  • Investing in volunteer training - the backbone of our marine work