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Valeport supports Seadream Environment

Posted 20 September 2023  |  Environmental news

Valeport is delighted to be supporting Seadream Environment, a charitable organisation established in 2021 to research environmental problems, indicators, and solutions.

The £250 donation made by Valeport, has been triple match funded by the Aviva Community Wild Isles Fund.  These funds will be used by the Devon-based charity to help its conservation and protection work and facilitate positive environmental activities such as coastal habitat mapping, and monitoring of seagrass and kelp.

Following successful sea trials, Seadream Environment plans to survey the Torbay/Kingsbridge and Salcombe estuary.  Using their above and below the water specialist equipment, combining images from an aerial drone and a submersible Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV, to record and monitor the health of the marine fauna including seagrass and kelp. This seagrass work aligns with Valeport’s ongoing support for charities and organisations working for seagrass conservation and restoration.

Valeport's seagrass conservation work

Seadream Environment facilitates a variety of activities including community beach assemblies, energy awareness fairs, and community nature festivals. As well as guiding community projects on renewable energy, eco-self builds, and energy efficiency. Further services incorporate citizen science with the SW jellyfish survey and developing new techniques in environmental DNA (eDNA).

Dr Juliette Jackson, founder and trustee at Seadream Environment said:

“We are so pleased to have Valeport on board as a sponsor to our recent round of crowd funding. Valeport instruments are admired by us as a scientist led organisation and respected industry wide. The opportunity to work with a partner of this calibre will help us to develop and thrive as an organisation and will help us to amplify the important survey and outreach work we’re delivering.  We look forward to developing a deeper relationship with Valeport and exploring the opportunities with their technology.”