The Your Shore Beach Rangers Project will work within Cornish communities to encourage an appreciation of, and engagement with, marine heritage by providing opportunities for local people to get involved in the marine environment at Cornwall’s local Marine Conservation Groups. To do this, the project will create and support a network of marine groups around the county where there is a need to foster better support for marine conservation in those areas. The project will also replicate the Your Shore model of community engagement focussing specifically on young people, recruiting 180 Beach Rangers (local people aged 16 -24) from within the local Marine Conservation Group areas. These Rangers will be provided training at the ‘Beach Rangers Academy’, using Cornwall’s inspirational coastline as a setting, to provide them with skills and knowledge that will make them engaged and active long term members of Cornwall’s Marine Conservation Group network.
The project will provide positive outcomes for individuals such as school children and Beach Rangers as well as communities through the Local Marine Conservation Groups; Young people will have an increased knowledge of the marine ecosystem and a better awareness of their ability to make a positive contribution to the health of their marine environment, whilst increasing their life skills to help further themselves in future employment across all sectors. Existing Local Marine Groups will be invigorated and grown through the involvement of young people in their area, and in other areas new Local Marine Conservation Groups will be established through the support and input from Beach Rangers. As a result, we will establish a network of 12 vibrant, sustainable, local Marine Conservation Groups who will better protect and provide significant positive outcomes for Cornwall’s marine environment.