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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Explore the ‘wonders’ of the New Forest coast

Celebrate South-East Marine week by rolling up your trousers and getting wet exploring the New Forest coastline at Lepe Country Park.

Marine Wonders is a free event next Tuesday and Wednesday (9/10 August) from 10am-4pm that offers an abundance of things to do and has something on offer for all ages.

New to this year’s event is the ‘Submarine cinema’ showing three dramatic films about the underwater world of one of England’s busiest channels. Learn about the ‘Shipwrecks of the Western Solent’ with exclusive underwater footage of how the wrecks got to be there, followed by ‘Meadows under the Sea’ and ‘Beneath the Waves’ which explores the huge range of wildlife that can be found off the south coast.

Mike O’Leary, local story teller will also be delighting children at Lepe with his ‘tall’ tales of the sea.

There will be three beach safaris each day at low tide to search for the ‘wonders’ that live in the sea such as crabs, anemones, brittle stars and barnacles.

You will also have the opportunity to speak to rangers and wildlife experts about how to identify creatures from this unique environment and be able to ‘wow’ your family and friends with your newly acquired knowledge.

The day will be jam-packed with activities including; ‘making your own sea floor’, travelling back in time with our archaeological treasure chest, guided walks, beach safaris, making a shingle sculpture and an opportunity to try our ‘Octoquiz’ with top prizes drawn from a hat!

Jim Mitchell, Interpretation Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘This event is the perfect way to explore our coastline above and below the water. The New Forest coast is buzzing with wildlife and has a great history. We want people to come along and find out more about this fantastic area of the New Forest’.

The event is organised in partnership with Hampshire County Council and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

For more information about the event visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/marine-wonders2

Recommended Reading: The New Forest National Park: Leisure Walks for All Ages


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