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Wildlife Wardens Patrol Studland Bay

Seagrass meadow

2:02pm 27th August 2013

Wildlife wardens are taking to kayaks in Studland Bay to protect rare species.

They'll be telling boat users why it's important they anchor carefully.

It's to protect seagrass meadows on the seabed.

Seagrass is in decline worldwide and it's a scare habitat in the UK.

Dorset Wildlife Trust Marine Awareness Officer, Julie Hatcher said: "It is imperative that marine species which depend on seagrass to survive are given the best chance possible. To do that we need to ensure human activities, such as using anchors on the seabed, are not damaging the habitat. Seagrass is also important to us - it forms a natural coastal defence protecting the beach and cliffs from erosion and absorbs CO2 helping in our fight against climate change."

Seagrass warden, Darren Lloyd said: "Often, if we can't see something, we don't think about it. We are here not only to raise awareness, but to ask the opinion of the people who use the bay, on how they think we could manage it. It's not about lecturing people - it's about making them aware of the issues, and working together to protect habitats for marine life at Studland Bay." 

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