Short Snouted Seahorse

This image is created from a montage of drawings made at events over the summer. Click on a square to zoom in to have a closer look, or press the ‘Play’ button at the bottom left for a ‘guided tour.’

The Short Snouted Seahorse is incredibly rare & one of the key features of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone designation. The seahorses come into shallow water during the summer months & every morning perform a morning ‘dance’ with their partners.

Photo mosaic by: raysto @ Mosaically

Delve Deeper into Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone

Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (BHWMCZ) runs from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head & a mile out to sea. BHW MCZ protects a unique chalk reef with a rich diversity of life.

The chalk reef is formed by the action of waves & weather eroding the chalk cliffs along the coastline. This has created an intertidal wave-cut platform formed of ridges & gullies, which extend out to sea, & provide habitat for a rich biodiversity of plan & animal life.

A network of marine conservation zones extends around the UK, working together to protect the diversity of habitats, breeding grounds & species, & encourage long term sustainability.

In Beachy Head West MCZ, these threatened species include the Short Snouted Seahorse, the Common Oyster & Blue Mussel beds.

Sarah Ward, Living Seas Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust explains further

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Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA) is the regulatory body responsible for monitoring fisheries & enforcing BHW MCZ legal protections.

More information on their website – https://www.sussex-ifca.gov.uk/marineconservation-zones

Find out more about what YOU can do to help protect our marine environment

BiteSize Talk: Our Local Chalk Reef & Its Incredible Marine Life

Our Chalk Reef & It’s Incredible Marine Life with Sarah Ward, Living Seas Officer, Sussex Wildlife Trust, 24 September 2019 12-12.30pm Brighton MuseumLab

Stretching from Brighton Marina to Birling Gap a unique, chalk reef is home to a rich diversity of marine life. 

You probably know that wind, rain & the sea continuously erode the chalk cliffs all along the Sussex coast.  But, did you know that it’s also eroded by the animals that live there, creating safe refuge & habitats for many other creatures.

The talk is presented by The Living Coast Undersea Experience, a virtual reality experience enabling users to explore the underwater environment of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (running between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head).

BiteSize Talk: Ships, Shafts & UBoats

Ships, Shafts & UBoats with Lara Band, Discovery Programme Officer from CITiZAN – 17 September 12-12.30pm, Brighton MuseumLab

On the Birling Gap foreshore lie the timber ribs of the clipper Coonatto, lost en route from Australia.  The entangled steel debris of SS Oushla and UB121 can also still be seen, and visited, at low tide. And, can the circular feature in the wave-cut, chalk platform be the base of a shaft discovered then lost though coastal erosion in the late 20th century? These remains have fascinating stories to tell.

CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, focuses on archaeology at risk from the effects of climate change: we train volunteers to record and monitor sites and work to raise awareness of coastal change and coastal archaeology as a whole.

The talk is presented by The Living Coast Undersea Experience, a virtual reality experience enabling users to explore the underwater environment of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (running between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head).

Bite Sized Talks @ Brighton MuseumLab

Ships, Shafts & UBoats – 17 September 2019 12noon – 12.30pm

Hear some of the fascinating stories behind intertidal, archaeological remains in the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone from Lara Band, Discovery Programme Officer from CITiZAN. Read more here…

Our Amazing Marine Chalk Reef – 24 September 2019 – 12noon – 12.30pm

Learn more about the south coast’s unique chalk reef in Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone, from Sarah Ward, Living Seas Officer from Sussex Wildlife Trust. Read more here…

Pilot Tour 2018/19

  • 12 October 2019, Brighton Digital Festival Fair #BDF19
  • 24 September 2019, Our Amazing Chalk Reef, Bite Size Talk, Brighton Museum
  • 17 September 2019, Ships, Shafts & UBoats, Bite Size Talk, Brighton Museum
  • 1-4 August 2019, Birling Gap Visitor Centre – info & tickets here
  • 21 July 2019, Wild Chalk, East Brighton Park – more info here
  • 20 July 2019, Brighton Museum – more info here
  • 18 July 2019, St Margaret’s School, Rottingdean Years R, 1, 2, 4 & 5
  • 26 & 27 June 2019, The Big Bang STEM event, Ardingly, 9.30am-3.30pm
  • 19 June 2019, Hamsey CP School, Cooksbridge Years R/1, 2/3, 4, & 5/6
  • 18 June 2019, Middle Street School, Brighton Years 1 & 2
  • 4 June 2019, ONCA Gallery, Brighton, What Next? Culture & Climate meeting 9.30am-12.30pm & ticketed 12.30 – 5pm
  • 1 & 2 June 2019, National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth, 10am-4.30pm
  • 25th May 2019, Hangleton Community Centre for Our Place, Brighton Festival, 10-5pm
  • 23 May 2019, Park Mead School, Cranleigh, Years 4, 5 & 6
  • 18th May 2019, East Brighton Community Centre Library for Our Place, Brighton Festival, times 10-5pm
  • 17th April 2019 at Seven Sisters, Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Barn, 10.30AM – 4PM.  Tickets for the Experience & a range of activities, in 45 minute slots on Eventbrite HERE
  • 16th April 2019, Seaford at St James Trust, 12noon – 7pm. Tickets in 20 minute slots, available on Eventbrite & HERE
  • 15th April 2019 in Newhaven, at Denton Island Community Centre.  Tickets in 20 minute slots from 9.30-5pm available on Eventbrite & HERE
  • 19-21 February 2019, Art Pod, Rottingdean
  • 4-7 October 2018, TOM (The Old Market), Brighton Digital Festival

Volunteer Opportunities

The Living Coast Undersea Experience

Are you are in interested in Marine conservation? Passionate about your environment & want to enthuse others? Interested in learning about VR technology? Or just want to meet new people? Come & join our volunteer team.

What is The Living Coast Undersea Experience?

It is an interactive, virtual reality & 360o experience enabling users explore the underwater environment of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head). The Experience aims to open up the MCZ to everyone; raise awareness of its unique chalk reef & the species living there; & be a powerful educational tool to help people understand the environment & the things we can all do to conserve it. More here….

What would you be doing?

We are looking for volunteers to help us deliver the experience in community settings & schools across Sussex. You will help with:

• Welcoming visitors, signing in/taking tickets
• Giving information about the project & Marine Conservation Zone
• Engaging visitors in the accompanying games & activities
• Helping people into headsets & managing their experience, including the opportunity to learn to set up the VR equipment
• Collecting feedback & evaluation & feeding into the overall evaluation & development of the project

Interested? Contact Valerie at info@kp-projects.co.uk for more information, or download the application form here