Living Seas is The Wildlife Trusts’ collective vision for the future of the sea around Wales and the rest of the UK. Within Living Seas, marine wildlife thrives, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows

The seas truly are a life support system for us all. They provide us with food, materials for building, and even the oxygen we breathe. They support a huge array species, and are home to all manner spectacular and special wildlife. We all enjoy a trip to the seaside, but perhaps we do not always think about what is happening under the surface – out of sight can be out of mind.

In the Wildlife Trusts' vision for Living Seas:
  • Wildlife and habitats are recovering from past decline as our use of the seas’ resources becomes environmentally sustainable.
  • The natural environment is adapting well to a changing climate, and ocean processes are helping to slow down climate change.
  • People are inspired by marine wildlife and value the sea for the many ways in which it supports our quality of life.

Unfortunately our seas are not currently Living Seas – significant and urgent effort is required if we are to achieve our vision of a wildlife-rich marine environment. Across the UK, the Wildlife Trusts are the largest environmental organisation working actively to conserve our marine environment.

Grey Seal Pup Asleep (Tom Marshall)


 Grey Seal Pup asleep (Tom Marshall)













The Wildlife Trusts are concentrating our conservation work for the marine environment on four key areas: Marine Protected Areas, Marine Legislation & Policy, Marine Planning & Sustainable Development  and Fishing & Seafood.


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