Event: Volunteers help Shark Trust search for shark and ray eggs as part of research and beach clean programme
Where: Crymlyn Burrows
When: Wednesday 7 April from 10.30am – 13.00pm
Attendees: John Smith, Regeneration Director, St. Modwen
Judith Oakley, Marine Biologist, Oakley Intertidal
Contact: Judith Oakley, Oakley Intertidal, 07879 837817
Lisa Hocken, Equinox PR, 02920 764100
St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, and owner and developer of Coed Darcy, and the site for Swansea University’s proposed Bay Campus is supporting an egg hunt with a difference tomorrow (7 April 2010).
Adventurers and scientists of all ages are invited to join marine biologist Judith Oakley from Oakley International and St. Modwen’s Regeneration Director John Smith as they search for shark and ray egg-cases along the strandline at Crymlyn Burrows.
Volunteers will be helping the Shark Trust in vital research as a survey of skate, ray and shark egg cases takes place and vital research collected. There will also be a beach clean-up to remove litter from the beach and surrounding areas.
The recent Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch report claimed that rubbish found on 73 Welsh shorelines was up by 21% on the previous year, resulting in Wales being the nation with the dirtiest beaches. Initiatives such as the Easter clean up at Crymlyn Burrows are therefore warmly received by conservationists.
John Smith, Regeneration Director for St. Modwen said: “It’s great to see people of all ages taking an interest in their local wildlife, and ensuring that it is protected. I’m looking forward to seeing how many egg cases we collect and finding out more about the coastline at Crymlyn Burrows. At St. Modwen our primary aim is to work sustainably and so to be involved with such research is very important to us.”
Judith Oakley said: “I am grateful to St. Modwen for allowing access to the coast line. Our beach clean ups and surveys are vital to preserving the wildlife in the area and so their support is greatly received. The event is a great chance for families to do something different during the Easter break, and get some fresh air and exercise.”
Volunteers interested in attending the event are asked to arrive at 10.30am, and bring suitable clothing, footwear and gloves. Meet at the entrance to Crymlyn Burrows sand dunes, opposite Corner Park Garage and look for the ‘Egg Hunt’ banner. All children must be accompanied by an adult. For further enquiries, please contact Judith Oakley on 01639 645764.