Marine Month

Tuesday 1st August 2017

Colne Point nature reserve - Peter Bowden

August is Essex Wildlife Trust's Marine Month, so get outside and enjoy Essex's beautiful coast!

Essex boasts the longest coastline of any county – with more than 350 miles of varied habitats that provide a home for numerous wildlife species throughout the year.

From fossil-rich cliffs, sandy and shingle beaches, saltmarshes and tidal mudflats galore, there is plenty to see and celebrate about the Essex coast!

Many of our Visitor Centres and reserves will be hosting marine-themed events during Marine Month, so get to the beach and get stuck in. Here is a taster of some of the events we have lined up during Marine Month: 

The Naze Visitor Centre

  • Fossil Hunting at The NazeSand Art and Seashell Craft: come to our sand bottle station and get creative with some seashell craft. Every Monday, 10.30am-3pm.
  • Family Fossil Discovery Days: learn about the Naze geology before joining a group fossil hunt and then making your own fossils. Every Thursday, 1pm-2.30pm.
  • Guided walk to Stone Point: join one of our wonderful volunteers, learning about the Naze’s bird life and the importance of Stone Point. Sunday 6 August, 2pm-5pm.
  • Sandcastle Competition: wow us with your impressive sandcastle creations, prizes will be awarded on the day! Please bring your own equipment. Saturday 19 August, 1.30pm-3.30pm.

Fingringhoe Wick Visitor Centre 

  • Beachcombing: explore the shore on our stretch of private beach that is normally not accessible to the public. Wednesday 2 August, 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • Little Pirates (Under 5s): become part of our pirate crew and search for hidden treasure! Wednesday 9 August, 10am-midday.

Chalkwell Beach, Leigh-on-Sea

  • Holiday Wild Beach: join our education team from Belfairs Woodland Centre for a seashore based wildlife day on Chalkwell Beach, exploring in all weather and making fabulous things to take home. Every Monday, 10am-12.30pm. Now fully booked August 7 + 14!

Thurrock Thameside Nature Park

  • Pirate Crafts: create your own crafts including mini treasure boxes, pirate ships and masks. Friday 4 August, 1.30pm-3.30pm.
  • Estuary Extravaganza: discover which creatures call the Thames estuary home, go for a walk on the Artistry of the Estuary art trail and make your own mini wave artwork. Monday 7 August and 19 August, 1.30pm-3.00pm.

Advance booking is required for all events. For more information about these events, or to find the many others, please go to the What’s On section of our website

Essex Wildlife Trust's Marine Month coincides with National Marine Week (29 July - 13 Aug), when we are celebrating the UK's wonderful coastline.

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