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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         ... 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  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

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Its that big mouth again....just got to take a picture of it to show the rest of the school
"Dad, I could stand up inside its mouth"
On the Seadream Education stand, with lots more activities aimed at schools, and busy with pupils
...and Seadream also offered hands-on experiments to illustrate the effects of ocean acidification
Next participant was Fathoms Free, with their artistic use of marine plastic litter, and retrieved fishing gear, all collected by their diving teams helping to clean Devon's coastal areas
Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative had an equally eyecatching stand showing their work in Torbay, and a simple activity sorting some of the collected plastic litter
Whale and Dolphin Conservation had a stand with a Common Dolphin just above
The innovative boat in the corner is used by "till the coast is clear" to collect marine litter and retrieved fishing nets, and sponsored by Coastal Recycling
The National Marine Aquarium brought along marine artefacts like this turtle shell, and also their amazing Virtual Reality headsets
and in the corner beside the entrance was British Divers Marine Life Rescue, who also had a display in one of the outdoor arenas
Outside, one of the sponsors, Coastal Recycling, showed another of their recycling by-products, soil improver compost, made from green garden waste
Jack Sewell from MBA doing his stuff, with an eager audience of pupils, and a teacher taking a class picture. He is sending them off around the ODZ to find the crabs
...found this one, no 2 Edible Crab, in amongst the bigger creatures, tick that on the "find the crabs" sheet....simple engaging activities for all ages, fun learning in action
..and here is the MBA's Crabwatch "cast of Crabs" as drawn by the visitors. People like to contribute...even a few plankton sneaked into the cast, and why not !
Learning about marine litter with simple activities provided by people who commented " engaging and informative for the children, great ideas to take home to continue with teaching "