A series of free workshops will take place next month to help hoteliers and accommodation providers use the region s natural assets to benefit their businesses and protect coastal wildlife at the same time. Devon Wildlife Trust s Braunton-based marine awa

A series of free workshops will take place next month to help hoteliers and accommodation providers use the region's natural assets to benefit their businesses and protect coastal wildlife at the same time.Devon Wildlife Trust's Braunton-based marine awareness officer,Cat Jones, will be hosting the two-day sessions at Woolacombe Bay Hotel on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26 and 27, and on March 4 and 5. They are open to anyone running a bed and breakfast, holiday park, hotel or campsite on the North Devon coast. As well as providing information on wildlife to be found in the area, the workshops will give advice on simple yet effective ways to save money and minimise visitors' impact on the marine environment. DWT will also provide a pack for each business detailing where and when guests can see wildlife together with information on local green events.There will be presentations by experts, including how to make the most of garden wildlife by John Hayward of the DWT, plus how to save water and work towards "green accreditation" by Charlotte Reynolds of South West Water and "How to keep North Devon Wildlife Special," by DWT's Richard White."The fabulous beaches and coastal wildlife of North Devon are a magnet for visitors," said Cat. "Some 98 per cent of tourists say conserving Devon's natural environment is a top priority and with these workshops we aim to show businesses how they can make it their focus, too."We have already had a good number of businesses sign up this year. It is a great way to encourage off season visitors and develop a real eco-tourism niche." For more information, telephone (01271) 812777. Email dwildlifetrust77@clara.co.uk