The National Lobster Hatchery: A snappy maritime conservation charity based right in the heart of Padstow!
The National Lobster Hatchery is a marine conservation, research and education charity located right in the heart of our very own Padstow. Promoting sustainability and supporting local fishermen, the charity hatches and raises mighty European lobsters, ready to release them back in the seas around our coastline.
Recognised world-over for their knowledge and dedicated practices, Padstow’s National Lobster Hatchery aims to secure a healthy and prosperous future for this much-loved native species. Considered a delicacy by many and an iconic coastal resident, these little lobsters play a vital role in both our marine eco-systems and our economy.
A great way to learn more about the work of the charity, a lobster’s life cycle and hatchlings’ journeys back to the big blue, the hatchery has a fantastic visitors’ centre that is open every day. Usually open between 10am and 5pm (with some seasonal variation), visitors of all ages are invited to step in and immerse themselves in this fascinating underwater world.
Among the information you will glean, you will be told all about the typical journey of a hatchling, from its days as a ‘berry’ underneath its mum’s tum, to finding its claws to its ultimate release. But it doesn’t stop there. Part of the charity’s work, visitors are invited to ‘adopt’ a lobster, after which you will receive updates including tracking your lobster’s whereabouts!
As you make your way around the centre, make sure you say hello to some of the hatchery’s short and long-term residents, including the most handsome Captain Barnacles. As well as its year-round displays, the hatchery also hosts unique events and exhibitions throughout the year – a great way to mingle, show your support and of course, have a good time!
To find out more, have a browse of their online gift shop and keep up to date with news, visit their website here.