Look Out To Sea!

The MCZ Undercliff Path Project

‘Look out to sea! Who lives beneath the waves? The ocean and the chalk seabed off the coast from Brighton are home to starfish, seahorses, cuttlefish, catsharks, anemones, crabs, lobsters, sea snails, mussels, oysters and many other creatures, as well as seaweeds including kelp. The chalk gullies, habitats and wildlife here are protected as part of our local Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ).’

– ‘Look Out to Sea!’ signage text

Schools without Walls  and ONCA collaborated on ‘Look Out to Sea!’ – an environmental education and art project that celebrates the local Marine Conservation Zone*.  The project was supported by the Adur and Ouse Partnership, Rampion Offshore Wind, Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council.

‘Look Out to Sea!’ used creativity, play and nature connection to inspire young people about marine conservation and celebrate biodiversity in The Living Coast. In sessions with children from three East Brighton schools (St John The Baptist, Longhill and St Margaret’s) in summer 2019, participants built dens and habitats, and imagined what ‘home’ might mean for the more-than-human residents of the Marine Conservation Zone. The workshops raised awareness about the marine environment – in particular about the MCZ’s intertidal zone, chalk gullies, reefs and extraordinary wildlife – whilst encouraging children to spend time outdoors. 

Building on this process, local artist David Watson made two Look Out to Sea! sculptures, with accompanying signage, whose purpose is to delight and engage people on the Undercliff Path with the Marine Conservation Zone and The Living Coast. The sculptures are made from waste, including amongst other things, salvaged aeroplane wheels. Installed on the Undercliff Path at the Marina and Ovingdean in October 2021, they not only enhance the experience of visitors, but increase appreciation of the precious world hidden beneath the waves just beyond the beach.


  • The teachers and children at St John The Baptist, Longhill and St Margaret’s schools 
  • Adur & Ouse Catchment Partnership 
  • The Rampion Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • NaviLens
  • Ovingdean Café & Liz Shreeve
  • Blind Veterans UK

Visit thelivingcoast.org.uk to learn more about the MCZ and the project.



*Beachy Head West Marine Conservation Zone stretches along the coastline from Brighton Marina to Beachy Head (with a gap at Newhaven) and extends half a nautical mile seaward. Areas benefiting from the MCZ include the Heritage Coast within the South Downs National Park, the eastern half of the Brighton and Lewes Downs Biosphere (The Living Coast) and part of the Seven Sisters Voluntary Marine Conservation Area

If you would like to find out more about ONCA projects click here. 

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Posted on September 24, 2021
Categories: Education for Sustainability, O N C A Projects
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