Monday, 14 July 2014

'Seaweed and their secrets' free guided walk

Local people and visitors are invited to find out all about ‘seaweeds and their secrets’ on the Thanet coastline this summer through a free guided walk with the National History Museum expert.
Thanet – and the North East Kent Marine Protected Area - is home to many different types of seaweed that have adapted to our chalk coastline. Many of these show great variety, properties and uses – and local people and visitors have the chance to find out more on two guided walks this summer with seaweed expert Ian Tittley from the Natural History Museum. 
‘Seaweed and their Secrets’ walks take place at Dumpton Gap at 11am on 19 July and in Botany Bay, Broadstairs at 9am on 30 August and both will last for two hours.  They are most suitable for a slightly older audience of over 14 year olds. People are requested to wear suitable footwear for the walks on the chalk reef and rock pools, and to book their place online as places are limited.   
Thanet District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, Cllr Mike Harrison said: “Thanet has the longest continuous stretch of coastal chalk in the country and is internationally important for marine life right here on our doorstep – so it’s a good opportunity for people to find out more about our beautiful coastline and its wildlife. The Thanet Coast Project plays host to expert Ian Tittley from the Natural History Museum, to help unlock the secrets about seaweeds on our coast. For instance, some types of algal communities are only found here in Thanet’s chalk sea caves and nowhere else in the world!”
The Thanet Coast events are free. They are part of the ‘North East Kent Marine Protected Area’ (NEKMPA) interpretation events and are run with help of volunteers, with support from Natural England and Thanet District Council.  
Further information is available on the website and people are advised to book on a walk online at as spaces are limited, or call the Thanet Visitor Information Centre on (01843) 577577 if you do not have access to the internet.

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