Your Seas People & Port launches in the South

29th Jan 2015

- Welcome to the new Community Wildlife Officer Anna Bunney

This brand-new Your Seas People & Port project will work with local schools, businesses and community groups in the Portsmouth area, giving thousands of local people the chance to learn more about the importance of whale and dolphin conservation through talks, events and training sessions. It will also introduce ‘Dolphin Science Week’ events, fundraising events and marine festivals in primary schools around the South.

The project will be led by Southsea local Anna Bunney who will be based at ORCA’s HQ at Brittany Ferries’ Portsmouth office. Anna’s role will be to bring the ocean into both the classroom and the local community through projects which aim to engage and involve everyone in the conservation and awareness of whales and dolphins. 

As part of National Whale and Dolphin Watch Week, Anna will also be recruiting volunteers to conduct offshore whale and dolphin watches on Brittany Ferries’ ships between the UK, France and Spain as well as shore-watches of marine wildlife along the south coast! Through initiatives like this everyone can get a chance to become involved in whale and dolphin conservation.    

Anna Bunney, an experienced marine mammal surveyor and Wildlife Officer said, “I’m really excited to be given this chance to enthuse and inspire local people about the fantastic marine wildlife that’s right here on our doorstep.  I’m especially looking forward to working in local schools to deliver our successful “Dolphin Science” workshops and whale and dolphin related field trips – it will be a lot of fun and is such an exciting opportunity for our community.”

Funding for the programme is being provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the John Spedan Lewis Foundation.

Schools, organisations and volunteers who are interested in participating in this exciting project are being encouraged to email Anna at anna.bunney@orcaweb.org.uk