The Sea and Me
Do you have memories about marine mammals? Stories about sharks or salmon? Perhaps you could write a book about your time on a boat? If so, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) want to hear from you!
‘The Sea and Me’ is part of The Living Seas Wales Project, a collaboration launched in 2018 between WTSWW and North Wales Wildlife Trust (NWWT), funded thanks to the players of The People’s Postcode Lottery and The National Heritage Lottery Fund.
Our Living Seas Wales team are looking to understand how our seas have changed over the years, and to do this, we are hoping to record people’s memories of the marine environment around the Welsh coast. The importance of sharing stories of this kind, especially those passed down the generations, cannot be understated, because, unlike data already in archives, people’s stories are constantly at risk of being forgotten.
Dr Sarah Perry, Living Seas Manager for WTSWW, says “We’re particularly interested to hear about marine megafauna: people’s encounters with marine wildlife such as dolphins, whales or sharks, for example, as well as memories relating to seabirds or fishing”.
“The project itself provides us with a unique opportunity to connect with members of the local community…” says WTSWW Living Seas Engagement Officer, Beth Thompson. “…Telling stories about our past is too often reserved to sitting round the fire of an evening, so the chance to bring these tales out of the depths is incredibly exciting. Who knows what gems we might discover, all while learning more about our past along the way!”
None of this, of course, will be possible without you! So, if you have a marine memory, a photo or postcard that transports you to the past; if you are happy to share your, or your family members, stories, then we are very excited to listen.
Want to be part of the pod? Or know someone who would ‘dolphinatley’ love to be involved? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Call: 01545 560224, or share your marine memory via our website at: https://livingseas.wales/share-your-sea-stories-with-us/submit-your-sea-story/.
For more information about the Living Seas Wales Project, please visit: https://livingseas.wales/.