A cracking day was had by all on Redcar Beach on Friday the 23rd July, with a brand new event from the Friends of Redcar that provided fun and discovery for local families.
Four hours of beach activities were delivered by the group in partnership with the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust to bring awareness to the beach environment and marine life.
Parents and children enjoyed a splash and paddle as they were taken onto the scars for some rock-pooling. All kinds of creatures and plant life was to be found, examined and taken back to the ‘finds table’ where expert marine biologists identified varieties of species including types of crabs and seaweeds.
After an hour of discovery and identifying marine life, families were encouraged to learn more about shells, fossils and bones which were on display with accompanying books, brochures and advice. Children were also fascinated to use binoculars to zoom in on the wind turbines and ships and to see if they could spot whales and dolphins.
There was a lot of interest around the pebble art table and many took their masterpieces home with them. Many also got creative with some beach art which included a pebble inspired ‘Beacon’. The children earned stickers for each of the activities they participated in and even completed a mini litter pick.
Following the event organiser Councillor Leah Quartermain said, “It’s been an amazingly successful day, everyone has had fun and learnt something about our beach and it’s marine life. It was lovely to see so many local families taking part. A huge thank you to them for coming along.
“Events like this are a step up from our usual litter picks but are extremely important and beneficial to our community and especially for our local children. We want to support parents and schools with bringing more awareness of the environmental challenges in front of us and to do so by providing opportunities to appreciate nature, hands on. These events are great for doing that as well as promoting good health & wellbeing and pride in our home.
“I have to say we couldn’t do this without help so a big thank you to our long serving and faithful volunteers, the Tees Valley Nature Partnership and to the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust who supported us with their experience and knowledge and brought along marine biologists and other experts. And finally to Practical Van Hire in Warrenby who have sponsored our events for many years. We have great people around us.”
Friends of Redcar have been a force on Redcar beach since 2013 when they formed to take on the Environment Agency, Birse Civil and the council to remove hundreds of tonnes of broken masonry that had been buried in unauthorised landfills on Redcar beach, following the development of the sea wall defences.
Subsequently, they have carried out hundreds of litter picks across Redcar; facilitated other groups, businesses and individuals to engage in litter picking; have given talks to schools and held world class sand sculpturing events with oversea partners. They are planning to host more beach activity events in the near future, so if you missed out this time visit their Facebook page @friendsofredcar and look out for new dates.