By Ella Garrud
Wild Coast Sussex Communities and Wildlife Officer
Last month, in preparation for starting my new role as Communities and Wildlife Officer on the exciting Wild Coast Sussex project, I took part in three days of Wild Beach training. I initially joined the Trust in January as Living Seas Officer maternity cover, with the main purpose of continuing the Seasearch and Shoresearch citizen science research projects. Obviously, Covid-19 put a stop to this and I have spent most of my time behind a computer since March. Although the work has been rewarding, interesting and inspiring, particularly working on the Help Our Kelp project, I love being outside in the field and I have really missed that this year.
So, it was with great excitement that I joined the Wild Beach training on Holywell Beach in Eastbourne. It felt absolutely fantastic to finally be outside and doing something practical for work. I have worked with children in environmental education throughout my career in marine conservation, but the Wild Beach training consolidated what I had done before in new and exciting ways.
Wild Beach is based on a fundamental respect for children and young people and for their capacity to instigate, test and maintain curiosity in the world around them. During the three days we built shelters, went rock pooling to identify local marine life, cooked food on the beach and took part in a wealth of different games and activities to help children learn about their local marine environment.
I have now started my new role on the project. I am looking forward to putting my new training into practice and to start inspiring new young minds about the amazing marine life that Sussex has to offer.
If you work in education and are considering taking part in Wild Beach training, I would highly recommend it! Keep an eye out for updates on upcoming courses here.
Ella at Wild Beach training