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Respecting nature on youngsters’ agenda

 

A group of East Lothian wildlife fans and nature ambassadors, North Berwick Wildlife Watch, have created a video which encourages other youngsters to get out into the great outdoors in a safe, sustainable and respectful way.

The Wildlife Watch’s Guide to Rockpooling was created in conjunction with award-winning photographer, Barrie Williams. Barrie secured the title of British Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2015, for his striking gannet image On the Edge.

Barrie has now turned his hand to videography and helping other nature-enthusiasts communicate the importance of engaging with nature in the appropriate way.

The Rockpooling Guide features easy-to-follow steps and top tips on how to enjoy this fun activity, such as not turning your back on the sea; putting animals and plants back where you found them; and not using nets which can damage the environment.

Andrew Grieveson, Leader of North Berwick Wildlife Watch and Scottish Seabird Centre Education Officer, said: “Rockpooling is a great activity, where families can get together and explore our amazing coastline – but it’s important to do this in a way that is respectful to the environment. This video has clear messages that ensure anyone rockpooling will know what’s acceptable and what’s not!”

Barrie Williams said: “I’m very passionate about the British coastline and spend my days either snorkelling in the shallows or photographing seabirds on their nests, so I jumped at the chance to work with the Seabird Centre on this video about rockpooling. Rockpools are a fantastic way to introduce children to nature, since each pool will reward budding explorers with a variety of animals and seaweed to learn about such as hermit crabs, anemones and bladder wracks, amongst others. Just remember to watch out for those nipping crabs.”

To view the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRyNTDGHjwY

For further information on Barrie Williams: www.barriewilliams.com

The is the second video that the Seabird Centre and Barrie Williams have collaborated on: the first was a video about what to do if a puffling is found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKZCQJ4lz2k

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