Sea Trust, Goodwick – Porpoise, dolphin and whale conservation in Wales.
As someone who spent most of their teens involved in conservation work (many years ago) it is wonderful to see the opportunities that young people have nowadays to pursue a career in wildlife and environmental issues. If you want to find inspiration, I would recommend taking time to talk to the staff at the Sea Trust in Goodwick. You may have read our recent feature about the centre and its Director, Cliff Benson., when he was interviewed by our Community Correspondent , Kitty Parsons.
Sea Trust team
Director, Cliff Benson is a naturalist and conservationist and has led the team for many years. The Sea Trust has Iolo Williams as its Honorary President and is well regarded for the work and research that takes place here.
Project Development officer, Anna Elliott, has been at the centre since 2016 and manages the team while continuing her work in marine science. After studying in Edinburgh and working in South Africa, Anna was delighted to join the team and bring her young family back to her home area .With an Msc in Environmental Biology, Anna can answer any questions you might have about the marine life around Pembrokeshire.
Leading the Porpoise Photo ID project, Holly Dunn came to live and work in Pembrokeshire last year, after completing her MSc in Marine Biology and gaining experience in Madagascar and South Africa. Holly is still overwhelmed with excitement by the sheer numbers of porpose in our waters and she takes out volunteers to Strumble Head or on boat trips to continue the research – she loves her job and when I asked her for any advice for youngsters hoping to follow in her footsteps, she advised to keep up with the sciences and get involved in volunteering.
Volunteering is how Bradley Williams succeeded in gaining an Apprenticeship with the Sea trust, after studying at Pembrokeshire College – he is involved in caring for the aquarium creatures, maintenance and front of house at the centre.
The Sea Trust became a Community Interest Company six years ago and provides a “unique resource for environmental education”. Activities on offer include Sea Shore Safaris. Rock Pool adventures and Wildlife Observer Courses – the latter are run in conjunction with the college.
People come back year after year to visit and learn about marine life in Fishguard Bay. set on the Parrog, with one of the best views in Pembrokeshire, the Sea Trust is ideally placed for locals and visitors alike. With the sea trust, aquairuim , a gift shop and cafe, there is plenty to do here and the centre is busy all year round. Wet summer days may bring in the most visitors, but the centre is a great place to take a break from the beach and buy some snacks or ice-cream, souvenirs and to find out about what goes on beneath the waves.
All the staff at Ocean Lab seem incredibly happy in their work and delight in meeting everyone that come into the building. Judith Cresswell and her little team running the shop and cafe in the same building are always busy – chatting with customers, telling them about the area and providing delicious meals, snacks and drinks.
The two organisations working alongside each other make a great place to visit and spend time.