SCHOOLCHILDREN learned some important lessons about plastic pollution at a local attraction.

Children at Symondsbury Primary School recently participated in a model making session with local artist Peter Margerum as part of West Bay Discovery Centre’s 'Turning the Tide' exhibition.

The 'Turning the Tide' displays and activities at the discovery centre highlight the problems of plastic pollution of seas and beaches.

The session saw the children working with Mr Margerum to create make-believe sea creatures from plastic items found on local beaches. The school then visited the discovery centre where they saw some of their creations on display outside the building.

John West, lead trustee at West Bay Discovery Centre, said: “We are working with Plastic Free Bridport, Litter Free Dorset and Five Things Clear to highlight the problems caused to the marine environment by single use plastic.

"A recent study by Plymouth University found that around a third of sea fish have traces of plastic in them and with around 2.5 billion plastic bottles of water alone sold by UK supermarkets each year the problem is only going to get worse.”

The Turning the Tide exhibition on plastic runs until Saturday, October 30.