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


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

More information on their website –

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, on 24 September 2019 12-12.30pm with 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 on 17 September 12-12.30pm, with 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 an ancient 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).

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 Karen at for more information, or download the application form here

Privacy Policy

1. Context and Overview

KP Projects CIC needs to gather and use certain information about individuals.

These can include customers, suppliers, business contacts, freelance employees, project participants, volunteers and other people the organisation has a relationship with or may need to contact.

This policy describes how this personal data must be collected, handled and stored to meet the company’s data protection standards – and to comply with the law.

2. Why this policy exists:

This data management policy ensures KP Projects CIC:

  • Complies with data protection law and follows good practice
  • Protects the rights of customers, staff and partners
  • Is transparent about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
  • Protects itself from the risks of a data breach

3. Data protection law:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies in the UK and across the EU from May 2018. It requires personal data shall be:

3.1 Processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to individuals

3.2 Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes; further processing for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research or statistical purposes shall not be considered to be incompatible with the initial purposes

3.3 Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed

3.4 Accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure that inaccurate personal data, having regard to the purposes for which they are processed, are erased or rectified without delay

5.5 Kept in a form which permits identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data are processed; personal data may be stored for longer periods insofar as the personal data is processed solely for archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes subject to implementation of the appropriate technical and organisational measures required by GDPR in order to safeguard the rights and freedoms of individuals

3.6 Processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures

3.7 The controller shall be responsible for, and be able to demonstrate, compliance with the above principles

4. People and responsibilities

KP Projects CIC’s Director, Karen Poley will be responsible for fulfilling the tasks of Data Protection Officer in respect of KP Projects CIC

This person will be responsible to inform, advise and monitor the organization and its employees about their obligations to comply with GDPR and data protection laws.

5. Scope of personal information to be processed.

5.1 Names of clients, email addresses, postal addresses and phone numbers are collected for customers through booking a ticket. This is kept on Eventbrite for the duration of the event unless the client subscribes to the Mailchimp mailing list

5.2 Names, email address phone numbers and emergency contact details are collected from Volunteers. These are stored on a secure online server (dropbox) and password protected. It is deleted when the project ends or when the volunteer requests to leave. Periodic emails will be sent to volunteers to ask them if they are still interested in being part of the volunteer team for KP Projects CIC.

5.3 Names & email addresses are collected on event evaluation forms, for inclusion on the KP Projects CIC mailing list.  These are kept on Mailchimp until the person unsubscribes

5.4. Names & email addresses may be collected via social media or website subscriptions to the Mailchimp mailing list & are kept until the person unsubscribes

6. Uses and Conditions for processing

Outcome/Use Processing Required Date to be processed Conditions for processing Evidence for lawful basis
Bi-monthly or quarterly newsletter Sent via Mailchimp Name and email Consent Agreed by email, signing up at events, social media & Mailchimp or on Eventbrite
Information on Volunteering Mailmerge with volunteer contacts Name and email Consent Agreed on application for becoming a volunteer
Ticketing & event information Processed via Eventbrite Name, email, address, payment details Consent Agreed on booking tickets
Impact research data Follow up questionnaires sent via Mailchimp or Survey Monkey Email Consent Agreed by signing up at events

7. Privacy Impact Assessment

Using PIA guidance & a template this website – – it has been determined that a PIA is not currently required, a decision that will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

8. Data Sharing

Data collected will not be shared with any external organisations or individuals

9. Security Measures

Public information will be collected & held for processing on either Mailchimp or Eventbrite, using their online security mechanisms.

Volunteer data will be held on the Dropbox online file sharing service in a password protected document

10. Subject Access requests

Individuals have the right to access any personal data held and can request this verbally or in writing.  KP Projects CIC will respond within one month to requests.

11. Privacy Notices wording examples

Eventbrite notice

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is produced by KP Projects CIC. The information provided will only use the contact details you have provided for delivering of the experience.  Once the event has past and all financial transactions have been completed all personal information is deleted.

To view our full Privacy Policy please click here

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By subscribing to our mailing list you have agreed for KP Projects CIC to contact you about The Living Coast Undersea Experience. Your information will not be shared with any third parties unless otherwise agreed. We store your information in a secure manner and your details will only be kept for the duration of the project.

If you wish to change your information or to be removed from the mailing list then please click on the ‘unsubscribe’ link below.

Photo consent notice, permission form & poster wording for use at events

Photo Consent Notice

KP Projects CIC will be taking pictures and/or video of this event to use in our publicity (including social media & website) & reporting to funders.

These images will be used by KP projects CIC and [insert any partner organisations] in the following ways:

  • Printed publicity
  • Online publicity (including Facebook, Twitter & Instagram)
  • Shared with potential funders

They will be stored securely and will not be kept for longer than they are needed for the purposes listed above.

If you would prefer not to be photographed, please speak to the Event Manager.

Permissions Form for children

KP Projects CIC often take photographs/ films of children at our activities to use in our publicity (including social media and website) & reporting to funders. Once we no longer need images for publicity purposes, we will delete them. You can ask to see a copy of images we hold of your child(ren), or ask for them to be deleted, at any time by emailing us on

Please sign below to give consent for us to photograph your child and use the images as described above. 

Newsletter sign up wording on evaluation form

Can we contact you about The Living Coast Undersea Experience:  Yes /No

With a brief questionnaire about ongoing impact of this project:  Yes/No

What’s your email address?

Can we share your email with The Living Coast Biosphere region Yes/No

Website notice

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is produced by KP Projects CIC, which will only use the contact details you have provided for delivering The Living Coast Undersea Experience project. 

Your details may be shared with event partners & funders directly involved in producing this event, including The Living Coast, Sussex IFCA, & Sussex Wildlife Trust, but only if you specifically agree.

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KP Projects CIC 2019


The Living Coast Undersea Experience – how to see underwater!

Karen Poley, Creative Producer

In early 2014 I heard a talk by Rich Howarth from The Living Coast, the Brighton & Lewes Downs UNESCO World Biosphere Region, in which he mentioned that the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) had just been designated off the coast of Brighton.  The MCZ runs between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head & out to see for a half a mile or so.   It is a unique chalk reef, created by waves eroding chalk cliffs along the coastline, & is home to abundant wildlife, including rare short-snouted seahorses & threatened species, such as blue mussel beds & native oysters. 

I was staggered!  I had no idea that anything was alive down there!  I know how daft that sounds, but I grew up on the Sussex coast in an era when people stopped going in the water following a few too many sewage spills.  Since then, I’ve never really gone back in, or ever thought that much about it.

My first thought now, was ‘How can we see the MCZ?’  And the answer is, that its pretty tricky unless you can dive, & even then there’s only a couple of weeks of the year that the water is clear enough to see much.   Obviously, most people can’t afford to dive, but surely everyone, especially the thousands living within a couple of miles of the MCZ, would want to see it if they could.

With a background in producing outdoor arts events, performances & community engagement projects, I wondered about creating an underwater MCZ experience in a street with giant projections & maybe some performance.  But it quickly became apparent that a ton of technology would be required &, to be viable, it would need to be filled with lots & lots & lots of people; hardly the ethereal & relatively quiet experience of being underwater. 

As I talked to various artists, creatives & technical people, I realised that hardly anyone knew about the Biosphere or MCZ designations, & helping raising awareness of these became a second key idea.

Simon Wilkinson of C!RCA69, suggested virtual reality, a relatively new technology utterly perfect for creating an immersive, underwater experience.  Being virtually in the marine environment, exploring the chalk gully formations & seeing marine life all around, is a powerful & awe inspiring, kinaesthetic experience.  Just like diving but without getting wet. 

In partnership with The Living Coast, Sussex IFCA (Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority) & Sussex Wildlife Trust, ideas developed around modelling the MCZ’s chalk reef to create a 3.5m square area for exploration, populated by a long, long list of marine plants & animals found locally. 

The result is an extraordinary & very real experience, which we are now starting to tour, as a pilot, to communities along the MCZ coastline.  The next dates are over the Easter holidays, starting with a trip to funders, the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, on 6th & 7th April. 

Further info & dates here:

Find us on Instagram @kpprojectscic & Twitter @kpprojectscic  & on Facebook /kpprojectscic

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is funded by Arts Council England, National Marine Aquarium, Sussex Community Foundation, South Downs National Park & Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Bicycle Ballet Ballet (working title)

Initial Concept Words & Ideas © The Bicycle Ballet Co

The Bicycle Ballet Ballet will merge ballet & contemporary dance with bicycles, to synthesize a new imagery for performance & cycling.

The project emerges in response to the idea that a rich, creative link exists between the technical skill & precision of a highly trained ballet dancer & the beautifully balanced mechanism of a bicycle.

This metaphor mimics the aesthetics of modernism, in which form follows function, & the machine aesthetic of Constructivism, merging with the body.  The project will draw on this influence in the design of both the dance & production (costumes, music, style).

The piece draws on the Modernist dream of the elegant city to present a tale of an idealised future.  Tapping into contemporary visions of repurposing & remaking, where the city is free from choking pollution & traffic congestion; the streets reimagined as spaces for people; ease of travel & everyone living & moving in harmony.  The bicycle is the ‘ideal’ machine to cut through traffic, offering liberation, health & possibility.

Underpinning the concept is The Bicycle Ballet Company’s commitment to change the way people think about riding bicycles.  Reframing cycling here as an activity of elegance & excellence to interrupt cycling stereotypes & help encourage people, including ballet dancers, to ride.

The piece will be flexible, to be performed by six dancers in a variety of spaces, & even move through & between places.  It will be created for touring & sustainability, with participatory opportunities.  Choreographed by Virginia Farman in collaboration with Creative Producer Karen Poley.

Blazing Saddles

A group of women in blue & pink late 18th century long skirts & puffed sleeves walk down the roadA new show from The Bicycle Ballet Company, created in 2016/7, will be developed in 2018 to further explore the history of women & cycling & fashion & its relevance today.

In particular, we are interested in extending the potential for engaging with local communities, working with a wide range of people, community groups & organisations, to explore the ideas behind the show & to create arts & heritage activities with & for local communities.

Find out more about the show & future ideas in this short presentation, made to delegates of Xtrax Shorts, at the Out There Festival in Great Yarmouth September 2017.  Click HERE to watch

More info on the show HERE

The Living Coast Undersea Experience

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is an interactive, virtual reality & 360 experience, enabling users to explore the underwater environment of the Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone (BHW MCZ), which runs between Brighton Marina & Beachy Head, without getting wet! Click on the image below for a taster.

TLC Undersea Experience is touring across Sussex in 2022 & 2023. We’ll be visiting a variety of venues & developing our educational programme in schools. We’re delighted to announce the first dates:

Sunday 28 August – Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven

Monday 29 August – The Depot Cinema, Lewes

Saturday 3 September – The SEA Climate Hub, Seaford

Sunday 4 September – Hastings Contemporary, Hastings

Saturday 17 September – Hillcrest Community Centre, Newhaven

Sunday 18 September – Hillcrest Community Centre, Newhaven

Saturday 24 September – Peacehaven Town Hall, Peacehaven

More to follow…

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More about The Living Coast Undersea Experience

The Living Coast Undersea Experience was created by internationally acclaimed digital artist, Simon Wilkinson & Karen Poley, KP Projects, in a partnership including The Living Coast UNESCO Biosphere Region, Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA) & Sussex Wildlife Trust. More about how the idea evolved HERE

TLC Undersea Experience aims to:

  • Open up one of the UK’s most unique marine environments to everyone
  • Raise awareness of BHW MCZ, home to one of the world’s only chalk reefs, with unique species of plant & animal life, which only a fraction of people know about
  • Be a powerful kinaesthetic & educational experience to help people understand the environment & the things we can all do to help conserve it

Have a look at this short film of the 2019 pilot to get a flavour:


How to get involved

  • Volunteering opportunities from 2022, more here…
  • There are exciting & engaging sponsorship opportunities & the project needs patrons & funders to help develop subsequent touring opportunities for this amazing project across the Biosphere region to schools, community centres & venues.  Please get in touch for further information:


Have a closer look this is short of the prototype experience, created in 2018:

The Living Coast Undersea Experience is created by Simon Wilkinson of C!RCA69 & Karen Poley of KP Projects CIC; in partnership with The Living Coast Brighton & Lewes Downs, UNESCO designated Biosphere Region; Sussex Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (IFCA); & Sussex Wildlife Trust.