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Monday, 6 August 2012

NFNPA - Exploring the wonders of 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 Thursday and Friday (9-10 August) from 10am-4pm that offers an abundance of things to do and has something on offer for all ages.

This year will have rescue sessions of life-size dolphin and seal models with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue group.

There will be three beach safaris each morning at low tide to search for the ‘wonders’ of 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 impress your family and friends with your newly-acquired knowledge.

The day will be jam-packed with activities including storytelling, clay modelling, travelling back in time with our archaeological treasure chest, exploring a marine grotto, making a shingle sculpture and an opportunity to try our ‘Fishy Quiz’ with top prizes drawn from a hat.

Leanne Atkinson, Education 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 visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/visiting/whats-on/marine-wonders

Further reading: New Forest Wildlife

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