Kids delve deep into the North Sea

YOUNG people across the borough are being encouraged to take an active part in the conservation of the local environment, and see exactly what goes on in the North Sea.

Pupils from Greenfields Primary School in Wideopen went on board King Seaways at the Port of Tyne in North Shields last week to see exactly what goes on under the ocean and what mammals live there.

The conservation project is in partnership with whale and dolphin conservation charity ORCA, who will have a representative to visit schools and other members of the community to inform them of the work that goes on with the charity through educational activities.

Alison Lomax, Community Outreach Officer for ORCA allowed the children to look at skulls and bones of mammals, and taught them how mammals hunt for food and the sounds they make.

The project was funded by the Community Foundation, and Pauline Johnson manages the Local Environmental Action Fund (LEAF). She said: “We are delighted that this project is going ahead! The LEAF Fund at the Community Foundation+ has part funded Alison’s post with Orca and her new role means that she will be able to educate a broad range of people through workshops with schools, engagement with local business and public workshops which is key to addressing environmental issues at a local level. We wish Alison all the best in her new job.”