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.

COVID-19: Beach cleans and other social events have been stopped until further notice.

Latest News:

Beach survey 2020: The opportunities for communal beach surveys this year are a bit limited, but you can still enjoy a visit to the beach for a (socially distanced) walk or rock-pool hunt, and we have plenty of good beaches to visit around the Bay (so there is no need to crowd!) As we cannot be with you to help you i... >> More

Vanishing Seagrass Meadows: A talk presented by Barry Kaye (Lancashire MCS) March 2020. References and further reading are presented below the main talk. Marine Plants Most marine plants are microscopic 'phytoplankton'. Of those that are large enough to see, the most common are 'seaweeds'. These plants are adapted to live... >> More

Review: The Open Sea: As a distraction from Coronavirus, I would like to present The Open Sea: The World of Plankton by (Sir) Alister Hardy. I recall borrowing a copy from my local library a great number of years ago, perhaps 15 years after its first publication (I believe) in 1958 It was one of the books that got me... >> More


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