NWT’s Ocean Commotion event, with Professor Ben Garrod, took place on 21st July 2019 at Cley Beach adjacent to the beach car park. The event brought together a number of groups and organisations with interest in wildlife and the environment, giving visitors opportunities to talk to the professionals and browse the information and goodies on their stands.
Friends of Horsey Seals information unit was on parade, with Teresa and Billy in attendance. The hosts, NWT, and organisations including Greenland Whaling Company, from Kings Lynn, Marine and Wildlife Rescue, Cley Harbour Community Group, Holkham Hall Estates, Norfolk Coast Partnership, and RSPB were all represented.
On a lovely day with occasional light cloud cover and a welcome gentle breeze we wondered were the crowds had gone but several other local events, including a street-food fest in Holt, were strong competition! Even so, visitors enjoyed a nice day and showed plenty of interest.
Jenny Hobson, co-ordinator of a flying rings danger to seals awareness campaign due to launch on Wednesday 24th July, was with us and able to meet people from some of the organisations that are supporting the campaign which is promoted by FoHS. It was useful to see that the campaign created plenty of interest among the visitors.
The sound of sea birds was joined by the harmonies of Blakeney Old Wild Rovers, a male singing group, that added a touch of nostalgia with entertaining sea songs. It was a lovely occasion and we were delighted to meet some very nice people. More of them would have been even better!
This is an annual event, so do look out for it in 2020.