It was all happening on the beach at Rockcliffe, Dumfries and Galloway today as part of the Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service and National Trust for Scotland’s beach event to celebrate World Oceans Day.
As well as learning more about the things that live there. Families were making shelters, drawing in the sand, rock pooling, helping geese to fly with the goose catapult, testing the acidity of the sea water and have lots of fun on the beach.
Borderlines were there as part of the Nith Catchment Fishery Trust’s Fishing for the Future project and as well as telling people about this tremendous project that has involved 15 schools and one scout pack this year alone, we were getting young and old casting and playing our popular flounders game as well as taking people flounder fishing.
In addition to the Rockcliffe event there will were other activities taking place around the coast the same day. Dumfries and Galloway Environment Resources Centre (DGERC) were leading a Whale and Dolphin Watch from the Mull of Galloway.
World Oceans Day is the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action. It is celebrated all around the world with events celebrating the oceans, seas, the life in them and how we can interact with them sustainably. It started after the Earth Summit at Rio and the Dumfries and Galloway Council Ranger Service have been celebrating it here in Dumfries and Galloway ever since. This year, the theme was Healthy oceans, healthy planet, and we’re making a special effort to stop plastic pollution. It is great to think of all those other people having a great time thinking about the seas that connect us all at the same time.