We are delighted to have been nominated for the prestigious Great British Wildlife Restoration Award, alongside our partners Wild Planet Trust!

The Great British Wildlife Restoration Award is a new initiative from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). It has been inspired by David Attenborough’s ‘Wild Isles’ documentary, and seeks to raise the profile of the hard work being undertaken by zoos and aquariums to help protect native species.

We are delighted to have been nominated for our work protecting and restoring seagrass in Torbay, as part of our Blue Meadows project! Alongside the Wild Planet Trust, we have been working to turn the tide on seagrass destruction and ensure that seagrass meadows are recovering.

The Wild Planet Trust have been installing mooring buoys to stop boats anchoring and damaging the existing seagrass meadows, whilst also regularly monitoring the species found within them. At the OCT, our Habitat Restoration Team have been growing seagrass from seed into healthy seagrass plantlets and planting them in Torbay.

The Blue Meadows initiative is one of 22 projects that have been shortlisted for the Great British Wildlife Restoration Award. Members of Parliament and Members of the House of Lords will now vote for their preferred projects, before the ultimate winner is announced at a special reception in the Houses of Parliament in January.

This is where we need your help! Ask your local MP to vote for our project! Send them the link below, it will take just a moment for them to vote.

If you don’t know who your local MP is, then you can find out on the button below!