Its purpose is to highlight the existence of the island’s Marine Protected Area (at 50 years old, the oldest marine nature reserve in the UK) through various participatory projects and educational activities for young and old alike. They also intend to raise awareness of marine conservation in general.
The Festival will act as an ‘umbrella’ for various projects and activities, all of which have a connection to the sea and to the Marine Protected Area in particular. At its core will be a marine Bioblitz – an opportunity to discover as many different species as possible occurring on the island’s shores and under water.
The Festival will be relying on the active participation of visitors to Lundy, with a wide range of ‘citizen science’ projects, activities, displays and competitions taking place. These will be for non-divers and divers alike. Whether you’re someone who has very little marine biological knowledge (and hasn’t done this sort of thing before), or if you’re a seasoned campaigner who has quite a bit of experience of events like this, there’ll be something for you to get involved with. And besides getting you to have some fun, you’ll be contributing useful data which will help towards the future management of the MPA.
Full details on their website https://www.lundymarinefestival.org.uk