The Guardians of the Deep

Urtecina Felina, photo by P Young

Kent Wildlife Trust is delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is supporting a £450,000 project to involve people in looking after Kent’s marine environment. By Fiona White, Marine Officer.

The Guardians of the Deep project is a partnership between Kent Wildlife Trust, Thanet District Council, Medway Swale Estuary Partnership and Kent County Council. It aims to involve local people in the protection and monitoring of Kent’s coastal wildlife, and to get young people excited about marine wildlife through a programme of snorkelling activities and practical learning opportunities at coastal sites around the county.

Initial development funding of £64,000 has been awarded to help Kent Wildlife Trust progress their plans to apply for the full grant at a later date.

The project will offer local people training in marine wildlife identification and survey techniques and the chance to play an active role in safeguarding Kent’s natural coastal heritage. Schools will be able to get involved in a programme of free activities at coastal sites focussing on the value of the marine environment for people and wildlife. Individuals and families can get involved in a range of marine events across the county.

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