Learn all about life in the sea

White beaked dolphins, Northumberland  by Martin Kitching
White beaked dolphins, Northumberland by Martin Kitching
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TWO organisations are inviting county residents to become marine detectives.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust and MARINElife, the European marine conservation research charity, are joining forces for a new project to help protect wildlife in the North Sea.

In order to have a better understanding of marine mammals such as dolphins and whales and seabirds frequenting the North Sea, conservationists from the bodies will shortly be identifying species as well as recording their distribution and behaviour.

And they are now inviting people living in Northumberland to join them by becoming a ship-based surveyor in their spare time.

Guidance will be provided at a survey course on Saturday, September 14, from 10am to 4pm in Cresswell Village Hall.

Steve Lowe, Head of Conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will be helping to lead the course.

He said: “So much of the North Sea remains unexplored, so having the opportunity to head off out there and carry out the survey is a wonderful chance for people to learn more about what lies beneath.”

By booking onto the course, participants will be given the opportunity to learn more about the North Sea’s marine wildlife and its need for protection together with the opportunity to learn new skills and develop practical survey experience.

After completing it, they will be able to join research surveyors to record the wildlife encountered while on the commercial DFDS ferries between the UK and continental Europe.

Places are limited, so those interested are advised to sign up beforehand by emailing tricia.dendle@marine-life.org.uk

There is a booking and attendance charge of £30 per person (£25 for Northumberland Wildlife Trust members and volunteers), which is payable in advance.