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Pontoon Safari - Life BeneathThe Keel

life beneath the keel poster Social Marina

16 April 2016

The marina pontoons and the coastline around Plymouth are a haven for marine flora and fauna. The Devon Wildlife Trust extends an open invitation to take a closer look at the marine life that  lives under the surface of the water!

Saturday 16th April


Marine Biologists and wildlife experts will be at the Mount Batten Centre from 10am to 2.30pm giving unique insights into the South West's coastline. Events include:

  • Short talks on a variety of marine topics including conservation zones, water quality research, the Secchi Disk project, responsible marine watching and ethical fish sourcing.
  • Displays from a host of local and national organisations including South West Water, Devon Wildlife Trust, National Marine Aquarium, Wembury Marine Centre, John Hepburn, The Marine Biological Assocation and many more
  • Photography galleries

For boaters, there will be plenty of useful, practical tips on how to reduce your 'boating footprint' and how to identify what areas of seabed are good for anchoring (and what areas should be avoided!)

For families and children, you'll learn how to identify fish, birds and other marine plants. There'll also be the opportunity to see some unique marine species under a microscopic lense!

The event at the Mount Batten Centre runs from 10am-2.30am with FREE entry. Parking is available on-site with the Mount Batten Ferry running all day from the Barbican.


  • From 9am, berth holders are invited come to the Bridge Bar & Restaurant for a free bacon roll and coffee and a talk by Mike Elsey of the Devon Wildlife Trust and Marine Biologist Paul Naylor.
  • This will be followed by a Pontoon Ramble suitable for boaters and children of all Ages! John Hepburn of the Marine Biological Assocation wwill show you the unseen and amazing wildlife that lives just feet away from our pontoons!
  • Teresa  Naylor, creator of Benny The Blenny, will also talk about her lovable character and sign copies of the book!
  • This part of the day is FREE but requires prior booking by emailing events@plymouthyachthaven.com


A big thank you to all the organisations and individuals contributing to the day including the Devon Wildlife Trust, South West Water, Paul and Terasa Naylor, Lisa Woollett, John Hepburn, the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth CC, National Marine Aquarium, Wembury Marine Centre and the Mount Batten Centre.

More information on the Devon Wildlife Trust website