A wealth of events to celebrate marine week

Birds spotted at Cresswell Pond. Picture by Aurelie Bohan
Birds spotted at Cresswell Pond. Picture by Aurelie Bohan

Northumberland Wildlife Trust is delighted with the success of its National Marine Week celebrations, which saw events taking place in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

With activities ranging from cetacean watches as part of the Big Watch Weekend, bird walks, boat trips, night rockpooling to beach cleans and family fun days held with the Blue Reef Aquarium in Tynemouth, there have been many things to shout about, including:

Two beach clean-ups at Seaton Sluice and St Mary’s Island, Whitley Bay, with 27 people collecting a total of 125kgs of rubbish

More than 80 people turned up to its two day cetacean watches at Cresswell, with sightings of bottlenose dolphins and minke whales

A seven-mile walk along the Druridge Bay coast which offered up sightings of 46 different bird species, a record eight little egrets at Cresswell Pond and an otter

Several days (and a night) poking around in rockpools at Cresswell and Cullercoats turned up common starfish, brittlestars, hermit crabs, shore and edible crabs, lots of moulting shore crabs, a berried female shore crab, common periwinkle, barnacles and beadlet anenomes.