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2018 Roadshows...Ocean Discovery Zone at Devon County Show in May

In May we co-organised The Ocean Discovery Zone at 2018 Devon County Show, May 17, 18, & 19. This is a new attraction at this well attended show, and our pavilion featured engaging presentations and activities from some of the leading marine conservation organisations in the South West of UK.  We provided lots of life sized marine wildlife models and our expertise, and aimed to partly recreate the amazing visual experience we first provided in 2005 for the Festival of the Sea at Souter lighthouse ( see 2005 photo album ) . Our creatures large and small provided the realism and wow factor to enhance the many engaging activities provided by the different organisations participating. 

Project partners were Seadream Education and Devon County Show, and main sponsors were Devon County Show, University of Plymouth Marine Institute, and Coastal Recycling....thank you to them and to all the participants who helped make it such a great success.  For info on ODZ sponsors and participating organisations, do an online search

For publicity info on this show, see      https://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/visitors/attractions         ... and scroll down to Ocean Discovery Zone

For details of the School Competitions we ran as part of this show presentation, and a list of ODZ participants , see    www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/education  and click on the ODZ logo for the pdf flyer

For more reportage, do an online search for Ocean Discovery Zone at Devon County Show

Show attendance for 2018 was almost 90,000 over 3 days, and we estimate that over 5000 visited the Ocean Discovery Zone, including 16 different schools.

There are already plans and new ideas to improve the Ocean Discovery Zone for the 2019 Devon County Show, and to take it to other shows and events

Enjoy this photoalbum of our contribution to The Devon County Show 2018

Click on pictures to enlarge them

and then on to MBA's Crab Watch table
Busy on the Marine Institute's stand
...with plankton viewing and a focus on micro plastic pollution in the Ocean
Face painting always popular
No instructions needed as Gary answers his phone, put the rubbish down on the floor and off the kids go picking it up...brilliant
Never too young to help clear beach rubbish, its fun, and this young fella is already part of the solution
Hardly room to move, its Devon County Show Saturday, busiest place in Devon probably, and estimated 2500+ visitors through ODZ today
The Blue Shark, a long distance traveller, cruises overhead....the South West is the best place in UK to see this beautiful creature
The photographer who took all the pictures used for this stunning display points out a particular species
ASCOBANS info panels on the smaller cetacean species seen in European waters
Info and statistics on Marine Litter and plastic pollution in the Ocean
...on this issue, there is no good news !
Its up to us to change our ways to prevent the complete destruction of the marine environment, we alone are the solution
...and the humble and shy Porpoise is often the casualty of our "throw away" lifestyles, as it is entangled and poisoned by Marine Pollution and so is the fish food that it eats,
Not much grass left as the litter pickers keep at it..well done these youngsters !

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