THE Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales alongside North Wales Wildlife Trust have received a grant of more than £½m for their three-year Living Seas Wales project

Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project has been awarded £587, 600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and will use awe-inspiring technology for their ‘Sea Wales’ 7D augmented reality family experience to benefit the natural heritage of the coast and sea.

The project will provide participants with opportunities to learn about, enjoy and contribute to the conservation of the marine environment, its conservation and how they can impact on its future; whether they live on the coast, use the marine environment for work or leisure, or live inland and visit the coast on holiday.

Dr Sarah Perry, Living Seas manager for South Wales says, “We are delighted that we have this opportunity to work in partnership with our colleagues from North Wales Wildlife Trust to raise the profile of the marine environment around Wales.

“Through hard work and dedication this project comes to fruition at exactly the right time; 2018 is Wales’ Year of the Sea it couldn’t be more timely. We look forward to an exciting few years ahead as part of the Living Seas Wales project and the opportunities for all this project will bring.

“Living Seas is The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for the future of UK's seas. Within Living Seas marine wildlife thrives from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.

“We know our seas are at a turning point and as well as our advocacy work with the Welsh Government and Welsh politicians, we believe that local people, local communities and coastal visitors are the key to help reverse the decline in marine wildlife.”

The Living Seas Wales team will embark on an all-Wales Living Seas live roadshow and deliver an exciting activity programme to reach a wide audience of the next three years! The project will officially launch at the Volvo Ocean Race, Cardiff Bay on Thursday, June 7.

The partnership would also like to thank the People’s Postcode Lottery who are supporting this project.