New ‘eco tour’ launched by aquarium

Blue Reef Aquarium kids with clipboards. Picture by Simon Burt.
Blue Reef Aquarium kids with clipboards. Picture by Simon Burt.

A visitor attraction has launched a new ‘eco tour’ workshop for students.

Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium took the decision to add the environmental workshop to their existing educational tours following requests from pupils and teachers.

The new workshop will focus on the ecological impacts both humans and animals have on their surrounding environment.

Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin said: “We’re delighted to be adding a new environmental aspect to our educational tours.

“The tours are a response to the increased interest in, and awareness, of the importance of the environment.

“The fact that so many young people have voiced an interest in finding out more about conservation and risks to habitats both here in the UK and worldwide augurs well for the future.

“The more youngsters who are informed and knowledgeable about environmental issues the better for all of us.”

As part of the new workshops groups will be taken on a guided tour around the aquarium with time for discussions at various points.

Key topics covered include; invasive species, the effects of litter and also climate change.

The tour culminates in a Q&A session and a brief summary to help students understand the impacts even the smallest changes can have on their local environment.

Other workshops feature topics as diverse as sharks, evolution, habitats, life cycles under the sea, animal classification and rockpool encounters.

Each school visit includes one 30 minute educational workshop per group of 30 children, with the option to add other sessions onto the itinerary.

For more information on educational visits call the Blue Reef Team on (0191) 258 1031 or visit www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/tynemouth