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Get out and about on the coast, explore our fantastic marine environment, learn more and most importantly, have fun!

We’ve got it all right here, whatever the weather and whatever your budget. No matter what your mood, make your very own marine adventure!

Don't forget National Marine Week 2017!

National Marine Week will return in 2017 but you can still discover marine wildlife all year round. Whatever the weather, whether you’re taking a day-trip or enjoying time away from home during the school holidays, Northumberland's beaches are a treasure trove of discovery and adventure for all those wishing to explore and get close to our magnificent marine life.

The Trust's new Wildlife Discovery Centre at Haxuley at Druridge Bay is a fantastic location for marine exploring with so many other beautiful coastal areas close by too. We've got loads of fantastic events on too including North Sea pelagic cruises, a sand castle competition, a beach clean, marine talk and activities and of course the Big Watch Weekend. Check out our What's On pages for all future marine themed events.

Can't get to the coast or don't fancy getting wet?
Explore the North Sea floor through this fab interactive game.

I do like to be beside the seaside!

Whatever the weather, whether you’re taking a day-trip or heading off for your holidays, the UK beaches are a treasure trove of discovery and adventure for all those wishing to explore and come up close and personal with our magnificent marine life.

It doesn’t matter what type of beach it is, there’s always plenty to see:
On rocky shores there is a ‘rocky horror’ show waiting to delight you with various sea shenanigans!

On muddy shores, you’ll find cockles and lugworms galore. Seabirds and wading birds flock to these areas to feast on the abundance of food.

On sandy shores, you’ll see the coiled sand-casts of hidden worms, and all sorts of seashells, from razor shells to scallops. And you can try your hand at a bit of sand sculpture (think bigger and outside of the sand castle box) and let your imagination run wild! Whereas in sand dunes you’ll find a terrestrial haven for butterflies and beetles.

On shingle shores, you’ll find beautiful plants like the sea poppy and sea holly toughing it out on the stones. On the strandline (the line of debris left by the falling tide), you’ll find tiny shrimps hiding amongst fronds of seaweed and delights such as mermaids purses – the egg cases left behind by sharks and rays.

But, whenever you visit, make sure you don’t get caught out by the tides. Look for tide times on the website of a nearby marina, or call the local Tourist Information Centre or Coastguard to find out more. On the shore, avoid muddy areas and keep well away from the bottom of cliffs.

Perhaps you want to learn more about how you can help the marine environment, from recycling to choosing locally caught fish.

Or why not share your North Sea marine images with us via the North Sea Wildlife Flickr page here. We want to showcase examples of the fantastic wildlife and habitats that make up the English North Sea region, from breathtaking coastal landscapes to the incredible marine life above and below the waves. So please join us and share your images and video's. Show off your experiences, join and comment in our discussions, and marvel at the wonders to be found in our East Coast waters. We're not always able to be part of the experience when finding something interesting, so a picture is always welcome!