Search for sea life at event

A Tompot Blenny. Picture by Paul Naylor.
A Tompot Blenny. Picture by Paul Naylor.

A dolphin watch is taking place at the Northumberland coast as part of National Marine Week.

Northumberland Wildlife Trust has organised the event at Cresswell next week as it joins the nationwide celebration of our sea life.

Families are invited to the Living Seas Big Watch Weekend on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31 to find out more about the dolphins and whales that live off the county’s coast, as well as take part in games and activities in the Village Hall.

A network of survey volunteers is being recruited to work together to record sightings of the marine mammals.

Activities run from 10am to 4pm.

However, for those not able to make the big watch event, the wildlife trust says there is lots more to enjoy at the coast at any time, from dipping in rockpools and taking cliff-top walks to watching sea birds and trying to spot fins in the water.

Living Seas Officer Aurelie Bohan said: “No matter where you live in the UK, you’re never more than 70 miles from the coast, and rocky shores aren’t hard to find.

“The rocky shores that fringe the islands of the United Kingdom are home to a colourful cast of characters.

“Did you know that starfish can re-grow arms and their stomach, or that the cuckoo wrasse is one of the UK’s most colourful fish — the females are peachy-orange in colour and males neon blue?”

National Marine Week runs from July 23 to August 7 and a number of activities will be arranged to mark the occasion, including a beach clean-up at Seaton Sluice and rock-pooling at Cullerocats and Cresswell.

For details of all wildlife trust events, or to reserve a place, visit www.nwt.org.uk/whats-on