The British Antarctic Survey says there has been a sharp rise in the number of children visiting summer camps in Mayport, a coastal town south-west of the city of Plymouth.
According to a study, the number in Maybury has more than doubled since 2015, from just two to eight children.
The rise has been linked to a number of factors including the changing environment, increased demand from summer travel, and a rising number of people travelling to the town from the mainland.
However, Professor Peter Gillett, who led the study, said there was more to the story.
“What we have shown is that the children who were in Mayfair at the beginning of last year were not really coming here in the summer but were coming here for a bit of tourism,” he said.
“They were not coming for a long time and the summer is coming up, so it’s not a big concern.”
We think they are coming because they want to go on holiday and spend some time on the sea, and then return to Mayfair to return home.
“But we don’t know the reasons.
Maybe it’s because they are going to the beach, maybe it’s just that they like the scenery.”
Professor Gillept said there had been a marked increase in the numbers of children travelling to Mayport.
“People are going there because they like to go to Maybury and we are seeing an increase in young people going there,” he explained.
He said the summertime trend in summer camps was also not new, and had been happening for a number years.
“It’s been going on for many years and we think it’s a reflection of the changing environmental conditions, the changing conditions of sea travel and the increase in people travelling from the west coast to Mayburys coast,” he added.
“When I came to Maybush in 2014 it was about 70 per cent full.”
“Now it’s up to about 70 to 80 per cent, but we haven’t seen the numbers yet for Mayport.”
The Maybury town of Maybury was founded in 1670, and was founded by English colonists to be a summer resort, not a permanent settlement.
“The town is a lovely place to live, and has a beautiful coastline and beautiful views of the sea,” Professor Gillet said.
It is a place where people come to visit, and the number is growing.
In Maybury, children are being taught about the dangers of sea sickness, and are encouraged to wear sunscreen, stay hydrated, and exercise regularly.
The study said the increase was not linked to climate change, or to the increased number of tourists from the UK.
Professor Gilles said there were many factors that contributed to the rise in numbers, but the most important factor was the increase of people visiting from the West Coast.
“The numbers of people from the London metropolitan area who are coming to Maybridge and to Mayworth is not the reason, it’s probably because the sea is a bit more dangerous,” he stated.
Mayport is home to one of the UK’s largest and most popular summer camps, Maybury Coastal Sciences, with more than 30 schools and a playground.
Professor Gillet said the school had seen an increase of about 15 per cent in numbers this year.
The research was commissioned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which runs the Department of Primary Industries.
It also surveyed 1,400 students at Maybury primary school in 2016 and 2017.
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