ARE you a nifty knitter or first-class at crochet?

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is seeking participants for a new marine craft project.

It has called on craft enthusiasts to take part in its Weave-A-Fish project, which celebrates the marine environment.

The project forms part of the charity's Secrets of the Solent initiative, a four-year project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

A trust spokesperson said: "With its huge array of wildlife and important habitats, the Solent is a very special place for nature, but many of these marine wonders are under the waves and remain unknown to many people.

"The Trust is raising awareness about this hidden world though its project, Secrets of the Solent, and is now calling on local crafters to lend a hand with a new part of the project."

Later this year, the Trust will be creating several underwater scenes for exhibitions and yarn-bombing events across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, composed of pieces crafted by local people.

Participants simply need to choose a Solent species, create it using textiles, and post it to the Trust.

Every piece should be accompanied by a tag crediting its maker, the reason they chose the species, and the time they spent fashioning their contribution.

The Trust can supply wildlife information and patterns to provide inspiration, and can also offer craft groups an introductory talk and budget for materials.

For more information, contact Emily Stroud, community engagement officer, by emailing or calling 01489 774446.

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