Kids could win nature award

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Sussex Wildlife Trust is encouraging primary pupils in the Rye and Battle area to think about creatures that live beneath the waves this term with a special award.

The ‘Claude Award’, based on a cartoon character of a hermit crab, will take the form of certificates and badges for classes which complete a variety of marine-based tasks.

It is open to all primary schools in Sussex aimed at Key Stages 1 and 2 and involves activities like rockpooling, creating beach art, and beach walks. But if your school is too far from the seashore to visit you can still take part, as some of the ‘Claude Award’ activities include designing a poster of your favourite marine creature, creating a beach display in your school, writing a story about a sea creature or becoming friend of a Marine Conservation Zone.

Schools can register a class for the award by contacting Nikki Hills, Sussex Wildlife Trust Making Waves Project Officer at www.makingwavesproject.org.uk or call her on 07943 504479.

Making Waves is an exciting marine education and awareness partnership project between Sussex Wildlife Trust and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust.

Supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project is spreading the word about our wonderful marine life and the importance of protecting it.

To receive a free copy of our Making Waves family beach activity leaflet ‘What’s in the sea?’ or a marine themed bookmark, call Sussex Wildlife Trust on 01273 492630.

Sussex Wildlife Trust says that its aim is to Our aim is to conserve and enhance the Sussex landscape, its wildlife and habitats and inspire people to care about their natural environment to help safeguard our county for future generations.