Highland Seashore Roadshow heads to Clachtoll Beach

A fun-packed day of seaside adventures and seashore-themed activities and displays will be taking place at Clachtoll Beach, in the North West Highlands Geopark, West Sutherland on Tuesday 6th August.

The event takes place between 2.30 and 5pm. It is free and everyone is welcome to attend. The Highland Council Countryside Rangers and Highland Seashore Project team will be on hand to provide educational games and creative activities. Food and drink will be available from the Munch Box Van.

There will be lots of interactive displays and events including ‘touch-tanks’ and ‘touch-tables’ – led by seashore experts – allowing attendees to get up-close and personal with seashore life. There will also be opportunities to enjoy a personalised rockpool walk with local experts to learn about the seashore flora and fauna in the North West Highlands Geopark.

A range of slideshows, walks and displays will be on offer teaching attendees about Clachtoll history and culture and about local dolphins and whales. There will also be a great chance to catch a glimpse of whales at the whale watching station.

A sand-sculpting contest will begin at 12 noon, with judging at 1:30pm. Entry for the contest will be £3 for adults and £2 for children, with a maximum family cost of £5. There will be prizes for individuals and family groups.

Janet Ullman, The Highland Seashore Project Coordinator, said “We have had a great start to the project with the first two roadshows and this one is shaping up to be just as good.  The Assynt Countryside Rangers have been brilliant partners getting the Roadshows together with the Seashore Project, using their numerous skills and knowledge of local coasts to make sure that the events run smoothly and that attendees have a great time and learn a lot.” 

Andy Summers, Senior Countryside Ranger for Assynt, The Highland Council Planning and Development Service, said: “We’re sure that the Roadshow will be a brilliant event where people can have a lot of fun whilst learning about the coast and seashore habitats in the Highlands. It’s great for the Rangers to be involved in the Roadshow as helping people to understand the importance of our environments and showing them how to enjoy them responsibly is what our work is all about.”

The event is run by the Highland Seashore Project, launched in February 2013. This project is run by The Highland Biodiversity Partnership and has been funded by the Highland Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Crown Estate Marine Stewardship Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage.

The project aims to encourage improved understanding and appreciation of the Highlands’ delicate seashores and the life that depends upon them. It is therefore working with the Highland Council Countryside Rangers and local community groups to bring coastal Roadshows full of family fun to venues all around the Highlands.

Each Roadshow will be different, based on the enthusiasm of local people and the spectacular nature of the coasts themselves. One thing they all have in common, however, is a love of the seashore and a bumper programme of activities for all ages. 

To find out more about the Clachtoll event, please email janet@highlandseashore.org.uk, or call the Countryside Rangers Andy or Roz Summers on 01687 462983.

There will be three more Roadshows following Clachtoll Beach, so look out for them:
• 10th August, Broadford, Isle of Skye.
• 24th August, Sea Drift Centre, Dunnet Bay, Caithness.
• 7th September, Laide, Wester-Ross.

For more details please go to www.highlandseashore.co.uk or the Facebook Page at Highland Seashore Biodiversity Project

To find out more email janet@highlandseashore.org.uk, www.highlandseashore.org.uk or call the Assynt Rangers Andy or Roz Summers on 01571 844654.


29 Jul 2013