Fathoms Free were invited to attend this conference by The Cornwall Bird Watching and Preservation Society and The British Trust for Ornithology.
Jess Collins and myself arrived early to set up our stand, We were one of a number of local Conservation groups invited to the event and pleased to find ourselves next to our friends at The Cornwall Seal Group.
We work closely together in trying to locate and remove lost fishing gear which can be hazardous to seals around our coast when they often get entangled in discarded netting.
The Conference was packed with about 200 delegates
We enjoyed listening to many interesting talks from experts and university students on subjects such as coastal birds, Looe Island, migration and the Camel estuary to name but a few.
One speaker had us all in stitches with his talk on our love/hate relationship with Gulls.
Photo courtesy of Sue Sayer – Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust
During the breaks we mixed with the other groups and attracted a lot of interest with our stand.
It was colourful with the kayak and bodyboard made from recycled marine plastic, ‘Casper’ the cormorant made by Rob from lost fishing gear and ‘Ollie’ my green turtle made from beach waste netting.
Jess and I chatted with lots of people about our events and recycling scheme. Many were aware of the marine litter problem but not so familiar with our group.
Several people said they’d like to come to one of our events.
Some students from Exeter University expressed an interest in our work and invited us to do some work with them.
We both said how much we enjoyed the day.