Celebrating Seagrass this World Wetlands Day

This World Wetland’s Day we’re celebrating one of the most powerful wetland habitats on this planet - seagrass! Seagrass is a flowering plant that lives underwater around the UK’s coast in shallow, sheltered areas. It forms marine meadows which are highly productive ecosystems and biodiversity hotspots. These beautiful, swaying, underwater meadows are not only home to a large variety of species but they also lock in a huge amount of CO2 and are vital to combat climate change.

Seagrass


The problem - seagrass is in decline

Many UK seagrass beds have decreased in size over the past century. The decline has been caused by industrial growth, modification of ports and sheltered harbours, boat traffic, increasing and stronger storm events, and more recently and most damaging of all, pollution within the water column that affects the light getting to the seagrass beds, and increases the amount of ‘fouling’ algae on the seagrass strands.


What are we doing to help?

In 2019 we became partners on an important project called REMEDIES - Reducing and Mitigating Erosion and Disturbance Impacts Effecting the Seabed - which is being undertaken in five marine protected areas: Isles of Scilly; Fal and Helford; Plymouth Sound and estuaries; The Solent and Essex estuaries.

The project is working towards:

Find out more about what we’re doing to help protect and restore this incredible habitat here.


Webinars

We are running a couple of webinars to celebrate World Wetlands Day - one for children and one for adults

Ocean Superheroes - World Wetlands Day

Tuesday 2nd February at 10:00 (GMT)

Best suited to: ages 7-11

Duration: 45 mins

Celebrate World Wetlands Day with our Ocean Superheroes live lesson! We’ll be looking at some of the fascinating underwater habitats found here in the UK like seagrass, maerl and kelp. We’ll be exploring common species, where they can be found, human impacts, and how these superhero habitats help combat climate change!

Sign up for the webinar here

Seagrass Special for World Wetlands Day

Tuesday 2nd February at 18:30 (GMT)

Best suited to: An adult audience

Join our Marine Conservation Society, LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES team members, Kate and Jules, to find out about UK seagrass wetland habitats on 2021 World Wetlands Day. Hear about the exciting work we, and our partners, are doing to protect and restore our valuable blue carbon habitats on the south coast of England

Sign up for the webinar here


Hermit Crab in Seagrass

What you can do to help

If you’d like to help us with our Save Our Marine Meadows Appeal, your donation will help us to install advanced moorings to replace traditional, damaging anchoring methods and allow seagrass around the south coast of England to recover.

You can donate here

Image 1: © Georgie Bull | Image 2: © Paul Naylor