Project information

Help to project our seas and its marine life

We aspire to achieve a healthy undersea landscape teeming with healthy marine wildlife.

To give species, whose numbers have dropped dramatically over the years, the time to recover and the conditions and healthy habitat in which to thrive.

Our project covers the Irish Sea.

3 years

Charity information: Cumbria Wildlife Trust

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  • Need


    Because our undersea environment and the wildlife which depends on it are under the waves and out of sight, it is often out of mind. We just don’t get to see this amazing underwater world and to see how daily pressures are having a negative and damaging effect on it.

    The truth is that if this damage was taking place on land then we would be able to see if for ourselves. We would be shocked and would demand action for it to stop.

    We need to secure protection for this fragile environment.


    We will lobby the Government, work with and influence partners & carry out the behind-the-scenes work which is crucial to getting your voice heard & securing the protection our seas & the wildlife which depends on it needs.

    The protection which will give species, whose numbers have dropped dramatically over the years, the time to recover & the conditions in which to thrive.

    We will provide events & activities so that people can get involved, & find out more about this fragile environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Development of an ecologically coherent network of protected areas in the Irish Sea.


    » Ensuring the marine environment is considered in policy documents.
    » Speaking out for and ensuring the marine habitat is given proper consideration to receive the protection it needs.
    » Lobby the Government to protect areas and designate them as Marine Conservation Zones.

    The number of sites receiving protection as a Marine Conservation Zone.

    Aim 2

    Increased public and political understanding of the marine environment and key issues affecting it.


    » By carrying out events for the public to participate in including Sea Search and Shore Search.
    » Meeting with politicians and providing information so they are well-informed.
    » Hold a series of walks, talks and engagement events giving people the opportunity to get involved and sharing our passion and knowledge.

    Number of people who are informed and able respond to the consultation.

    Aim 3

    Increased knowledge base through the collection of data.


    » Carry out surveys.
    » Train and co-ordinate volunteers to carry out surveys.

    Sufficient data is collated and presented in a useful way which adds to the protection of our marine environment.

    Aim 4

    Stronger links with stakeholders and partners who use or have an interest in the Irish Sea.


    » Attend regional stakeholder meetings to ensure the environment is considered when making decisions.
    » By working with stakeholders including industry and recreational users to gain an agreed way forward.
    » Input to Government consultation.
    » Work not just at a local and regional level, but also with a national presence by working with Wildlife Trusts across the UK.

    Strong partnerships will be in place and we will have a presence on relevant boards and groups.

  • Impact


    The long term aim we aspire to is our marine environment has been safeguarded - the habitat is recovering and flourishing.

    That our underwater landscape is healthy - teeming with wildlife. The species which depend on it have had the time to recover and the conditions in which to thrive.

    We aspire to achieve this positive change with the support of partners and the public - so that it will be sustainable and so that people recognise the benefits of a healthy environment for themselves.


    The worry is Government will be under pressure from some user groups to remove sites from the list being considered for protection. If this happens, it will mean our undersea habitats will not have the chance to recover & the wildlife which depends on it will suffer.

    We have dealt with this by:
    - ensuring we are represented on the relevant committees
    - lobbying Government
    - working with partners to ensure they are aware of our work, aims & objectives
    - reviewing & inputting to policy


    We will:
    - write directly to our donors to update them of our progress and work that is being undertaken
    - organise events to update people and to show what we have achieved
    - provide information & updates through our website and publications

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £210,998

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      Amount Heading Description
      £102,561 staff working on the project Marine project officer
      £19,340 volunteer expenses & training Volunteers,training, PPE, travel & expenses
      £33,918 Office space and overheads Office space and overheads
      £32,869 Events & equipment inc Telephone, computer, stationery, office equipment
      £10,709 Management Management of staff
      £11,601 Senior Conservation Officer Senior Conservatio Officer working on the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Esmee Fairbairn charitable trust £110,000 Guaranteed
    Donations £6,386 Guaranteed
    Volunteer time in-kind £6,750 Guaranteed
    Pledged donations £2,225 Conditional
  • Background


    Our project is for the Irish Sea - and in particular the area in the North West of England (where the sea is bordered by Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire).


    Because this is an environmental project the main beneficiary of this project is the environment and biodiversity – specifically the marine environment. Our seas will be a healthier place.
    Beneficiaries are:
    - wildlife, biodiversity and habitat
    - education groups through school visits and volunteer experience
    - whilst the project and activities is open to all – in particular coastal communities will be engaged
    - People volunteering will gain increased skills and practical experience

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Trust is the only voluntary organisation dedicated solely to the conservation of Cumbria's wildlife & wild places – whether on land or marine.
    We have a wealth of experience & successes managing projects to protect and improve habitats & conditions for wildlife.
    We also have strong links regionally and a proven track record of working with partners.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Trustess And Conservation Group

    Our Trustees are people with a wide range of expertise including financial, nature conservation and people engagement.

    Peter Bullard

    Peter is the Director of the Trust and has been in post for over 20 years and has a strong background of delivering practical conservation.

    Dr Emily Baxter

    Will deliver the project,has a proven background of strong marine projects & the skills to ensure our marine environment received due consideration.

    Trust Support Staff And Infrastructure

    We can only carry this project out if we have the strong organisational structure and support staff in place.

Dr Emily Baxter on a marine mammal survey

Dr Emily Baxter on a marine mammal survey

Do I despair? No, I've not given up that things will be turned around.

Doug Allan, wildlife cameraman on programmes including the BBCs Frozen Planet