Archive for the ‘MCS talks’ Category

Marine Jellies

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Photograph of the jellyfish Aequorea vitrina, by Gordon Fletcher

Contributing to the festive season, we have an illustrated talk on ‘Marine Jellies’ by Gordon Fletcher on the 13th December. Gordon is a good story teller, and an excellent marine life photographer. I cannot think of a more able person to bring some of the strangest and most beautiful creatures in our seas to life for us!

Wed. 13th December 1t 19:30 ‘Marine Jellies’ by Gordon Fletcher (Lancashire MCS)
Meeting in the cinema upstairs at the Gregson Community Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY. Admission £2 – all are welcome!

Sealochs and Kelp Forests

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Loch Creran by Gordon Fletcher.
Above: Loch Creran offers a wide variety of interesting, and often colourful, marine habitats to explore. Photo: Gordon Fletcher.

On Wednesday 8th February, we have two illustrated talks about some of the most interesting and accessible dive sites around the British Isles. Gordon Fletcher (MCS Lancashire) will look at Sealochs, characteristic features of the West Coast of Scotland, that offer sheltered diving on a diverse range of marine habitats. Barry Kaye (MCS Lancashire) will look at Kelp forests – interesting and diverse ecosystems, that are often avoided by divers, as looking a bit too much like Tolkien’s Mirkwood

The talks are aimed at a general audience, and an admission fee of £2 is charged to cover costs.

WHERE: The cinema at the Gregson Community Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY
WHEN: Wednesday 8th February at 19:30
ADMISSION: £2.00 Admission
Everybody Welcome!

Sea lochs and kelp forests poster (PDF 672kB).

The rough and the smooth

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 7:30PM Two talks looking at how life has adapted to conquer marine environments at opposite extremes of the energy spectrum. Still Waters (and muddy bottoms) by Barry Kaye and Exposed Shores by Gordon Fletcher.
Upstairs in the Cinema at the Gregson Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY.
£2.00 admission, all welcome!

Please note we have added a beach clean to our calendar for Sunday, 5th March. This will be at Half Moon Bay, meeting at the Cafe car park at 11AM. Please bring suitable clothing/footwear and tough gloves to protect your hands while picking.

Man made habitats

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Blackpool pier by Lewis Bambury.

On Wednesday 14th December we have our last public meeting of the year, with two talks from the local group looking at how some marine organisms have adapted to the ‘built environment’. Lewis Bambury will look at static objects, under the title Piers and Jetties, whilst Barry Kaye will take a look at Bilges and Bottoms

The meeting is at 19:30 in the Cinema, upstairs at the Gregson (click for website with address and venue details).
Admission is £2. Everyone is welcome.

You can download a copy of the poster below:

Man made habitats poster (116kB PDF)

Photo: Blackpool pier by Lewis Bambury.

Climate change

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

A warming world

We Brits are obsessed about the weather, but at the end of the driest October in 65 years, has it actually started to change? At this month’s meeting (Wednesday 9th November, 19:30) Jo Kaye will take a look at how global warming is likely to effect life in and around the Bay. This is the first of our winter series of lectures at the Gregson Community Centre in Lancaster (LA1 3PY for those of you with satellite navigation!), so please come along and support us if you can!

Admission is £2, and everyone is welcome (subject to the room capacity, as dictated by fire regulations). Full details in our poster linked below:

Climate change (PDF 391kB)

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

Friday, September 9th, 2016

seals on rocks by Gordon Fletcher

19:30 Wednesday 14th September This month’s talk is by Eric Thresher, about the work of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). The BDMLR is a volunteer organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. (Please note, Eric is an active volunteer for BDMLR, and we may have to substitute a talk if he is called out on a rescue).
The talk will be in the lecture room at Capernwray Dive Centre. £2.00 Admission: Everybody Welcome.

Poster with further information (PDF 111kB) – please help publicise this event if you can

Greenland – vulnerable Icecap and Icebergs

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Photo of Greenland icebergs by Gordon Fletcher

An illustrated talk by Gordon Fletcher.
On Wed 10th August at 19:30 in the lecture room, Capernwray Dive Centre
£2.00 Admission: Everybody Welcome.

AGM January 2016

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

MCS logo (small) We were able to look back on quite a successful year at our AGM. Highlights for the group included a well attended Marine Life ID course at Leighton Moss, and ongoing series of meetings at the Gregson – which we hope to repeat, subject to our being able to come up with a suitable theme! The group made a profit of £130 from talks and events over the year, which has been donated to National MCS. A similar sum has been raised through pin-badge sales on our stand, and through Capernwray Dive Centre (to whom again our thanks!).

Events planned for 2016

The plan this year is to focus on beach cleans and out-door events over the summer period, and have a more formal series of lectures over the winter. We are hoping to increase our profile this year with an extended presence at the ‘Catch the Wind Kite Festival 2016‘ in Morecambe, and have a couple of preliminary meetings scheduled to work on this.

Further details of planned events (PDF 101kB)

For updates, please check our diary.

Stuck in the mud

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Anemone photographed at Roa Island 2015

The talks on the 13th January looked at life that crawls over the sands of the Bay. Grazers, predators and carrion feeders, these animals have an eye (nose or tentacle) to their best chance, and armour, spines and poison to defend against the rest. Starfish and dogwhelks making shellfish soup, the long-lived lobster (if she isn’t caught and eaten), or the mysterious life of the shrimp – before she is potted…

In our next meeting, we will look at the couch-potatoes of the Bay. Animals that, having found a place suitable to put down roots, have stopped there for the rest of their lives. The tides of the Bay bring food to their waiting mouths, armed with suction pumps or waving tentacles to catch the bounty as it is swept by. There is no terrestrial equivalent to the animal gardens in Morecambe Bay.

Presenters are Louise Smail (Sponges and shellfish), Barry Kaye (Barnacles, bryozoa and worms) and Gordon Fletcher (anemones and sea firs)

Stuck in the mud: Wednesday, 10 February at 19:30 at the Gregson Arts and Community Centre, 33 Moorgate, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 3PY. All are welcome, £2.00 admission.

Wanderers of the sand

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Bernard the hermit crab

At our December meeting we looked at some of the birds and fish that use the Bay – waders feeding on the rich pickings in the mud while the tide is out, replaced by flatfish swimming in with the tide to feed while the mud banks are immersed. The Bay is ranked second most important area for migratory birds in the UK, offering a vital stop-over point on the East Atlantic Flyway, connecting wintering grounds in South Africa with feeding and breeding grounds in Norther Canada, USA and Russia. Rather less is known about the fish population, but both birds and fish are free to move in three dimensions, and have the freedom to exploit the Bay. Our next talk looks at groups of animals that have more limited movement, and must stick to channels, or suffer being flooded and dried out twice a day…

Hunters and hunted – those that crawl the sands of the Bay are an alien band of creatures, armoured, multi-armed, poisonous; whatever it takes to survive… Bernard the hermit crab (above) has sharp eyes, but he is too slow to escape the fish that might snack on him, so he retreats into an old whelk shell, guarding the entrance with his impressive claws.

On Wednesday the 13th January we will have three short talks on starfish, crustaceans, slugs and snails:

‘Wanderers of the Sand’ 19:30hrs Wednesday 13th January at the Gregson Community Centre, Moore Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY
All welcome – admission £2, proceeds to Lancashire Marine Conservation Society.