A CONSERVATION charity is inviting North Devon businesses to attend workshops to find out what plans for the future of the area's marine environment will mean for their companies. The workshops are being run by Devon Wildlife Trust and funded through the

A CONSERVATION charity is inviting North Devon businesses to attend workshops to find out what plans for the future of the area's marine environment will mean for their companies. The workshops are being run by Devon Wildlife Trust and funded through the North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.They are being held in Braunton on January 24 and in Hartland on January 31 and are open to anyone with an interest in the issue. The aim is to give people an opportunity to find out more about Marine Conservation Zones, part of the Government's forthcoming Marine Bill, and the new marketing opportunities these areas will provide. People who attend will also be invited to contribute to the work of the Finding Sanctuary project, which is responsible for determining the extent and locations of these zones. Cat Jones, the wildlife trust's Marine Awareness Officer for North Devon, said: "This is a really exciting time for everyone with an interest in conserving and promoting our amazing marine wildlife. The possibility of one these zones being located off the coast of North Devon provides a great opportunity for local business to market their environmental credentials, be it a local hotel with sea views or a tourist boat charter company." Anyone wishing to take part in the workshops should contact Cat Jones at Devon Wildlife Trust on 01409 221823 for more information.