Looking at the features and creatures on Cervantes beaches

While the region was being battered by strong wind and rain earlier this month, Cervantes Primary School students were getting to know their local coastal and marine environment with a little help from the NACC Coastal and Marine team.

Straight off the back of a successful whole school event for National Tree Day (also supported by NACC), Cervantes Primary School students took part in an Appreciate Your Beach undercover session on school grounds.

Beach wrack, beachcombing, coastal erosion and dunes were all hot topics under the microscope as the coastal kids dived into the deep blue world right outside their front doorstep.

Identifying native plants with NACC’s Coastal Plants app.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom said as a result of the blustery weather, it was decided to bring the beach to the school. “Storms had dumped a variety of marine flora and fauna on the beach, so the students had a great time analysing and identifying what we’d found,” he said.

“We were impressed by the level of knowledge that the students already had about the local coastal and marine environment, and how eager they were to learn more.”

The Appreciate Your Beach project is a successful community engagement and awareness project that helps educate communities about the importance of beach wrack, coastal flora and fauna, and coastal processes.

Coastal & Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom with Cervantes Primary School students.
Coastal & Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom with Cervantes Primary School students.

Anyone who would like to see an Appreciate Your Beach event at their school or town in the Northern Agricultural Region is asked to contact the NACC Coastal and Marine team.

NACC’s Appreciate Your Beach project was made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

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