People are being invited to a free rockpool ramble at Bigbury-on-Sea to mark the end of a five year project with local café operator, The Venus Company.
The event is being run on Monday, April 18 and will begin at noon. The ramble is funded by the sustainable beach café chain operator The Venus Company and is the final event of the five year Venus Beach Wildlife Fund project which has been run in conjunction with the Devon Wildlife Trust.
The event is free of charge and there is no need to book. People should meet outside the Venus Cafe at Bigbury-on-Sea. All children must be accompanied by an adult and beach goers should bring suitable footwear for walking on slippery seaweed covered rocks.
Everyone attending the event will receive a free regular hot drink from the Venus Cafe after the rockpooling and there will be rockpool guides to give away – one per family, while stocks last.
Cat Andrews from the Devon Wildlife Trust said: “Come along to Bigbury-on-Sea and enjoy an Easter holidays rockpool ramble, it’s an excellent low tide and we hope to find a wide variety of rockpool animals from velvet swimming crabs, and brittle starfish to shore rocklings and blue rayed limpets. The event will be suitable for all the family and we’ll have rockpool guides to give away too!”
Venus Café’s have raised £25,000 over the past five years towards marine conservation in the area. The project has worked with hundreds of members of the public and over 1,000 school children.
Michael Smith from the Venus Company said: “The Venus Company puts sustainability and the environment at the heart of all the decisions we make. For Venus it makes perfect business sense to protect the beaches on which we operate. Partnering the Devon Wildlife Trust has been a rewarding way of educating children about the rich diversity of wildlife we have in the county and on our wonderful beaches.”
(from a press release)