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Starfish by Joanna Cooper

Marine Watch

Learn about the people who look after the cliffs of Cornwall, the shoreline and our seas, search for basking sharks at Land's End and puffins on Lundy. Discover the effects climate change is having on our coastline. Find out how to get involved.

BBC Radio Cornwall is broadcasting a special series of programmes throughout this week under the banner Marine Watch.

The series takes a closer look at what is happening on the shoreline and in our seas and celebrates Cornwall's coastal riches.

A member of Wadebridge School finds a lobster

Wadebridge School student with a lobster

It comes as the government has promised its draft Marine Bill designed to give greater protection to the UK's marine environments, which will be made law by the end of the next parliamentary session. 

The laws were a manifesto commitment in 2005 Election. The proposed laws are designed to bring more structure to current regulation but will also include more protected areas at sea.

All this week BBC Cornwall are running a series of features and interviews with people from around the coast as well as encouraging you to send in your marine-related photos to help us build up the photos galleries.

You can watch and listen to all the stories being covered by the BBC south west via the website or:

We've been speaking to the local Wildlife Trusts, the National Trust which manages one third of the coastline in the South West; marine scientists from the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth and the Marine Conservation Soicety.

Marine Watch comes under the wider BBC campaign Breathing Places, encouraging people to get out more in their environment.

A diving dolphin

A diving dolphin

We've heard about the threat litter poses to marine life, particularly affecting the Lizard due to the nature of the tides, prevailing winds and currents.  It's costing organisations like the National Trust thousands of pounds. We've also been out looking for Basking sharks, dolphins and porpoises.

What will happen to the causeway at St Michael's Mount if sea levels continue to rise? We'll be snorkelling with marine scientists at East Looe to uncover the secrets of the shoreline and digging up relics from the past on the North Cornwall coast.

You can help us record the journey by emailing, phoning and texting in with your experiences on the coast, out on the water or even under the water!  We'd also like to add your photos to our online galleries, from Starfish to crabs, jellyfish to basking sharks.

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