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Fri, 24 Mar

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Burntisland Leisure Centre

Pettycur Seagrass Seeding Event

March 24th marks the commencement of seagrass restoration here in Fife! To mark this celebrated milestone, the Restoration Forth team are extending a warm invitation to our local community volunteers, to assist in the seeding of seagrass in our trial restoration site on Pettycur Bay.

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Pettycur Seagrass Seeding Event
Pettycur Seagrass Seeding Event

Time & Location

24 Mar 2023, 08:15 – 11:30

Burntisland Leisure Centre, Burntisland KY3 9BS, UK

About the event

The whole month of March is Seagrass Awareness Month, which sets out to recongise the importance of this humble marine plant. Seagrasses are components of a healthy and biodiverse seascape, which provide a range of services that benefit humankind and the wider marine ecosystem. They are responsible for storing large quantities of carbon within the marine environment, despite only covering 0.1% of the seabed. Moreover, the structural complexity of seagrass meadows support a rich diversity of marine fuana, including commerically important fish species. Worryingly, the UK has witnessed a 44% decline in it's seagrass extent since 1936, and with predicted losses as high as 90% over longer timeframes. It is wildly accepted that global efforts are required to restore distrubed, degraded and destroyed natural habitats to mitigate climate change. 

Restoration Forth (a multi-partnership project, which aims to restore seagrass and oysters in the Forth) along with other actors in the marine conservation field, are seeking to recover UK seagrass meadows through active restoration. This March is the commencement of restoration efforts here in the Forth, on the 24th of March Restroation Forth will conduct a seagrass restoration trial on Pettycur Bay. On this day local community volunteers can contribute to the restoration of seagrass through dispense injecting seeds into the seabed along Pettycur Bay. Attendees can seek to gain practical skills in active resotration, as well as enhancing their understanding of these valuable coastal habitats. 

The plan:

This activity will take place at low tide along Pettycur Bay's intertidal zone (so don't worry about having to enter the water) and will include outdoor work for up to 3 hours. So, please come dressed appropriately for Scotland's variable wather at this time of year, wellies and waterproof clothing will be 

 Participants will meet members of the Restoration Forth team adjacent to the Burntisland Lesiure Centre's carpack on Pettycur Bay, before walking out along the bay to our restoration site. The meeting time is scheduled for 08:15am, which we recognise is relatively early on a Friday morning, but you won't want to miss out on this exciting opportunity. 

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