Be­come a sea­side ex­plorer

10 ways to have fun at the sea and teach kids about na­ture

World of Animals - - Contents - Words Vic­to­ria Wil­liams

Be­cause it’s an is­land na­tion with an ir­reg­u­lar shape, the United King­dom has a much longer coast­line than other coun­tries of sim­i­lar size. It’s dif­fi­cult to mea­sure the length ac­cu­rately, but the Ord­nance Sur­vey – the UK’s map­ping agency – re­ports the coast of the main is­land as be­ing 17,820 kilo­me­tres (11,073 miles) long. When you add in all the smaller is­lands, that’s a lot of cliffs, beaches, bays and rocky shores full of wildlife ready to be dis­cov­ered. Many peo­ple head to the sea­side for a re­lax­ing day in the Sun, but there’s plenty to do if you’re af­ter more ex­cite­ment, and it’s the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce chil­dren to the won­ders of the nat­u­ral world.

“The United King­dom has a much longer coast­line than coun­tries of a sim­i­lar size”

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