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The Pirates of Pebsham

29 July 2012 | Posted in Marine , Nikki Hills , Wildlife Events

Author Nikki Hills

Making a jellyfish / Nikki Hills
Making a jellyfish / Nikki Hills

Will it rain? Will it be too windy to put up the marquee? These were the questions running through our minds in the weeks leading up to the Pirates at Pebsham event. In the end the only questions were:

'How can we get more shade?'


How are we going to stop the pirate treasure (chocolate coins) from melting?’

It was a glorious day on Bulthverhythe Beach. By 11am the marquees were up, the activities were all ready and we just had time to put on our pirate hats as the queue of little pirates grew longer. There were six different activities from making a seahorse on a stick to a scavenger hunt on the beach. The challenge was to complete all six activities, collecting pieces of the treasure map as they went, to claim their pirate treasure. There was a frantic frenzy of pirate hats which only stopped when they all sat down on the beach for story time.

By the end of the day there were lots of happy little pirates, a few very hot and tired big pirates and all the treasure was gone.

I am working on these Marine Roadshows as part of the Making Waves Project. This is a new and exciting marine awareness and education project all about our fantastic local marine life and how we can help to protect it. It is a partnership project run by Sussex Wildlife Trust and Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Join us at the next Marine Roadshow. Lennie the Limpet comes to Littlehampton. Mewsbrook Park, Wednesday 1st August as part of Marine Week 2012.

Pebsham Pirates / Nikki Hills
Pebsham Pirates / Nikki Hills


  • 30 Jul 2012 08:11:34

    It’s hard to tell from this post just what marine awareness was being cultivated during this event since the main emphasis is on pirates.
    The scavenger hunt sounds a bit more like it, though seahorses at Bulverhythe seem optimistic.

  • 30 Jul 2012 21:18:34

    I was proud to be invited to share in this exciting event – with my Combe Valley poetry competiton table and in addition my colouring pages, attracted some lovely colour designs! Children need ‘simple ideas’ to lead them into wanting to know more and this fantastic event certainly whetted some appetities!
    Well done all!

  • 31 Jul 2012 10:46:09

    The Marine Roadshow promotes our wonderful local marine life and the importance of conservation through fun activities to try and engage young families and target new audiences. For this event there was a display highlighting some amazing marine life including cuttlefish, colourful wrasse and seahorses which can all be found off the coast of Sussex.

    The activities were based on local marine life and the issue of beach litter. The pirate theme was used for this event to engage the children and encourage them to have a go at all six activities.

    Nikki Hills – Making Waves Project Officer – Sussex

  • kim Richards:

    01 Aug 2012 21:53:49

    Great work Marine and Combe Valley Teams. so good to see so many young people inspired by the nature right on their doorsteps in such an urban environment. wish I could have been there too.

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