The Coast of Arran Seabed Trust are a pioneering local group that created the first community led No Take Zone around Lamlash Bay on the Isle of Arran. This is an area where nothing can be taken from the water, seabed or sea shore and has become a model case study for marine conservation across the UK. Nicolette talks with Jenny Stark about all aspects of COAST's work and some of the amazing creatures you can find in the area. If you haven't heard of a sea lemon or sea mouse before, you are in for a treat.
The Isle of Arran is located in the Firth of Clyde, and is the seventh largest island in Scotland. It has been described as 'Scotland in Miniature'. The highlands in the north culminate in the peak of Goatfell, visible from much of the island and home to the iconic Golden Eagle. The lowlands in the south sweep down to the shore which is home to large populations of harbour seals and otters. COAST has their visitor's centre located right in the middle, in the town on Lamlash. Their centre is open to visitors visiting the island and is home to a small team of staff and a community advisory panel. COAST is a great example of community driven conservation change and we are really excited to have them as guests on our first episode!