Public urged to "rock up" to Runswick Bay

We're joining forces with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to inspire all to 'go wild about rockpools' in a free public fun day at Runswick Bay on Tuesday July 25.

The event, funded by Yorkshire Water and delivered by marine conservationists from Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, is a chance for people of all ages to explore the wildlife-rich rockpools of this popular coastal destination and learn more about the diversity of marine life found off the Yorkshire coast.

Runswick Bay, a few miles north-west of Whitby, is renowned for its scenic sheltered bay and breath-taking sea views. Look beneath the surface and the area boasts one of the most productive seabeds in the region.

From barnacles and bladderwrack to shore crabs and sea squirts, guided by the expert advice on offer intrepid rockpoolers look set to be spoilt for choice when it comes to discovering the host of, sometimes weird, but always wonderful, sea creatures that seek refuge in Runswick Bay.

The bay was designated a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) last year, the marine equivalent of a protected nature reserve, nationally recognising the value of its rich and diverse seafloor habitats and the range of rare or threatened species they support. 

Mark Tinsdeall from Yorkshire Water said: “What better way to spend a day in the summer holidays than down on one of Yorkshire’s stunning beaches discovering what hides in rock pools?

“As a partner in the Yorkshire Bathing Waters Partnership we’re working hard to make our region’s beaches even better for people to visit and enjoy. The latest tests show Runswick Bay has excellent bathing water, so why not grab your stuff and head to the beach for a paddle too?” 

Kirsten Carter, Living Seas Manager at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, added: "This is the first opportunity we've had to bring our popular rockpooling events to Runswick Bay and we are delighted that Yorkshire Water are supporting us to do this. Rockpooling is not only great fun, it's one the best ways to raise awareness of the incredible pressures placed upon our marine environment and how we are working to protect and conserve Yorkshire's seas, home to so many species of international importance.”

The event is free to take part in but booking is required. Visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust website and search for 'Runswick Bay' or call 01904 659570.