Archive for September, 2010

Beachwatch, Heysham, 2010

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Members of the Group joined forces with members of the Morecambe & Heysham Soroptomists organisation on Saturday 18th. September to conduct a beach clean and litter survey at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. The survey was part of  a National survey of beach litter organised by the Marine Conservation Society over the weekend 18/19th.  Sept. This annual event attracts thousands of volunteers to clean and record the litter on hundreds of beaches all around the UK coast.  Litter on Britain’s  beaches has more than doubled since the surveys began in the early 1990’s. Most items of  litter recorded , in excess of 60%  are made from plastic and in the region of 40%  of the litter is left by visitors who come to enjoy the beach. We hold quarterly litter surveys at Half Moon Bay, Heysham,  the next one will be on Sunday 19th. December 2010 at11.30am. Why not come along and help?

Group with collected litter.

recording

Photo. images by kind permission of Christine Fletcher.

The weigh in

Wildlife in the Albert dock, Liverpool

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

The centre of a modern city is not usually where you’d expect to find wildlife, but when the city is a port, like Liverpool, the dock areas provide a suitable habitat for a wide range of life!

The footage (linked below) was posted by BBC North West Tonight, and originaly broadcast on Tuesday 14th September 2010. Well worth a look, especially if you thought that old shopping trolleys were the only things you’d be likely to find! The video shows a colourful range of local and imported wildlife:

Underwater video in the Albert dock

Science roundup 17th September 2010

Friday, September 17th, 2010

A good couple of weeks of marine science here – from fun to fundamental stuff, and often both together! Fundamental and important is the possibility that studies of nitrogen uptake in the marine ecosystem may have have underestimated the amounts of nitrogen being fixed by marine organisms. Fundamental and fun – well, take your choice from scampering scallops to the secretive sex-life of snails!

In conservation the emerging issue is deep-sea bottom trawling; there doesn’t seem to be any way of controlling this, so I guess the industry will continue until the stocks crash, taking an entire ecosystem with them (if you care, buy fish from sustainable sources – this does not include any deep sea species!). In pollution the important stories are still with the Gulf Oil Slick, with the publication of BP’s report into the accident, and some interesting strands in the debate as to where the oil has gone…

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