Search on for young rangers

St Abbs Marine
St Abbs Marine

YOUNG people throughout the region are being invited to take part in an exciting new project launched by the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve this week.

In response to demands for more opportunities to help and protect the area’s special coastal environment, the Marine Reserve is launching the Young Marine Rangers project, bringing youngsters aged between 13 and 18 together for marine conservation activities.

The Reserve hopes to recruit Berwickshire youngsters to promote its conservation message and work alongside the Marine Ranger out on the shore.

The Young Marine Rangers project is supported by the National Trust for Scotland, Newman’s Own Foundation, Crown Estate, Robertson Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.

And excited about its launch, St Abbs-based National Trust for Scotland Marine Ranger, Georgia Conolly, said: “This project is an ideal opportunity for young people who may be considering a career working in conservation or just enjoy being out and about on their local coastline and want to help look after it. “Taking part in the project is completely free – all equipment, training and lunches will be provided”.

The project will run from January - September 2012 with one task day each month.

Young people who decide to sign up for the project are required to attend all of the tasks, which will be held in the St Abbs and Eyemouth area. The days will be split into short classroom sessions and practical ‘outdoors’ activities. Short classroom sessions will include: impacts of marine litter; the strandline as a habitat; identification, biology and conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises; rocky shore zonation; survey and monitoring techniques; seashore safety and ocean processes.

And moving outside of the classroom, practical activities will include: beach cleans; surveying the Voluntary Marine Reserve strandline, rocky shore and beneath the waves; seabird monitoring; whale and dolphin watches and surfing.

There will also be the opportunity for the young people to gain a PADI snorkel qualification and work towards a John Muir accreditation.

Places on the Young Marine Rangers project are limited. To find out more information about the project or how to apply, please contact St Abbs Marine Ranger Georgia Conolly by email at gconolly@nts.org.uk, phone on (018907) 71443 or write to her at the Rangers Office, Northfield, St Abbs, TD14 5QF by Monday, November 28.