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Cardigan Bay provides many opportunities to learn about the natural world and the ways that humans interact with it: watching dolphins, examining rockpools, learning about the tides, and of course fishing. The Discover the Sea project encourages schools and others to get outdoors and explore fishing and the coast for themselves.

Here you will find everything you need to get the most out of a visit to the beach, and ideas for further learning. We have prepared these resources with teachers in mind, but they are equally suitable for use by individuals and families, whether you live here or are visiting the area.


The sea can be dangerous! Always check the tides and weather before you set out and make sure you have suitable clothing and equipment.

Seashore Education Pack for Primary Schools - This booklet produced by the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation contains games and activities for children to enjoy at the beach, together with a guide to wildlife and advice on safety. To view the education pack, click here.

Day on the Quay Activity Toolkit - A set of activities to download, including crabbing, cookery, scavenger hunts and art. Click here to download your activity toolkit. 

Explore the Welsh Coast – The Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau SAC has produced a range of exciting activities to help you explore the coast, including an education pack for schools, rock pool ramble guides and lots of other activities.



Watch these videos to find out more about the seaside, fisheries and wildlife in Cardigan Bay

A school visit to the beach – Join Ysgol Plascrug as Year 3 go rockpooling in preparation for classroom work on habitats. The outdoor classroom adds an extra dimension to learning.

A day in the life of a Cardigan Bay fisherman – Follow New Quay fisherman Wezley Davies as he takes his boat out to collect shellfish from his pots and catch fish with a net. Why does he enjoy his job so much?

An angling trip – A family go out on a boat and catch mackerel using a rod and line. Would you rather get your food this way, or from a supermarket?

The seafood stall – Although most of the catch from Welsh fishing boats goes to France and Spain, Mandy Walters finds strong demand for her dressed crabs, seabass, coracle-caught sewin and other products on her stall at St Dogmael’s farmers market.

Wildlife conservation in Cardigan Bay – Dolphins, porpoises and seals are regularly visible around the coast. But a boat trip out of New Quay also shows a wide range of bird species nesting on the cliffs.