The seas around the UK host a wealth of wildlife. You might be surprised to learn that the UK's seas cover an area three times that of the land, and host half of our national bio-diversity. It's a strange world beneath the waves, one that we know little about, but one that is increasingly under pressure from human activity.

The local area group is active in surveying wildlife in Morecambe Bay and the North West Coast of the UK. We organise beach cleans, guided beach walks and talks about marine wildlife. We are part of The Marine Conservation Society, the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Updated for 2023-24: Download our Program of talks this winter (PDF 127 kB)

Latest News:

Light and Colour Underwater: A talk by Barry Kaye, Lancashire MCS: 19:30 on Wednesday 8th November at the Lancaster Maritime Museum, Custom House, St Georges Quay, Lancaster, LA1 1RB. Above: Some colourfully lit plankton from our visit to the Blackpool Sealife Centre last month. Sunlight provides the power for photosynthe... >> More

GBBC Half Moon Bay 2023: Thanks to everybody who came along on the 23rd September for the Beach Clean at Half Moon Bay, part of the National MCS Great British Beach Clean 2023. In common with recent events, both survey areas on the beach were exceptionally clean. Above: Beach clean volunteers from the Half Moon Bay 2 su... >> More

Phytoplankton of Morecambe Bay: Wednesday 14th June at 19:30 at Lancaster Maritime Museum Above: Phase contrast micrograph of phytoplankton at Knott End, April 2023. Species depicted come from number of families include Asterionellopsis, Stephanopyxis, Chaetocerus, Pseudo-nitzschia, Odontella and Ditylum, indicating just some of... >> More

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