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Guardians of the Deep – HLF success

We are delighted to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has agreed to support Guardians of the Deep, a three year project that aims to engage local communities, businesses and visitors by raising awareness of Kent’s important marine habitats and promoting an active and on-going guardianship role to protect them for the future.

Managed by Kent Wildlife Trust in partnership with the MSEP, Thanet Coast Project, Natural England and Kent County Council, the project area will stretch along the coast from the Hoo Peninsula to Dover.

The £446,100 grant will used to support the following five key activities:

  • Coastal guardians –360 community champions will run marine events and identification surveys to be shared with coastal heritage protection bodies
  • Undersea explorers – workshops will be held with young people raising awareness of marine habitats, water safety and snorkelling skills
  • Wild beach – a programme of coastal learning activities for 60 schools and youth groups covering geology, biology, social history and the value of marine heritage
  • Coastal connections – a digital campaign aimed at reaching up to 150,000 members of the public
  • Coastal Citizen Science – volunteers will be trained in survey and species recognition and 60 ‘coast-busters’ will deal with non-native species identified

If you would like to find out more about the project or get involved, then head over to our contact page and get in touch.


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