“I had an amazing time!”
That was just one of the responses from a participant in one of Celebrate Water’s Eco Beach Days recently.
All the children and adults that attended the fun days at Shroove and Culdaff Beach had a great time playing games with an educational slant.
The aim of the days were to highlight the importance of protecting our coastal environment and for the children to appreciate the role they have to play in its protection.
The theme of the event was ‘Changing Tides’ and the children learned about how tides form and their influence on our lives and the lives of the animals that live in the intertidal zone.
A spokesperson for Celebrate Water told the Journal that there is such a huge wealth of biodiversity along Inishowen shores and besides all the shells, crabs and sea anemones we found, there were also porpoises observed off Shroove and a pod of about 15-20 dolphins arriving in Culdaff Beach as they were leaving.
This is the time of year that Coastwatch Ireland co-ordinate a massive ‘citizen science’ survey where people are asked to answer questions about their local shoreline. The children were shown the survey and William McElhinner illustrated the role of the oceans to our changing climate.
The team at Celebrate Water, Mark Daly, Rose Kelly, Sandrine Daly, Trish Murphy and William McElhinney, would like to extend a massive thank you to all the children and parents who attended both of these events, especially to those who ventured out a wet Sunday afternoon to Culdaff Beach. Celebrate Water would also like to thank Donegal County Council for funding this event which was co-ordinated by David Friel and to local Harbour Master Frank McDermott who contributed to making these events a great success.