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:

AGM and Zooplankton: Our annual AGM will be on Wednesday the 21st April 2021, at the start of our regular Zoom meeting entitled 'There's something swimming in my soup...'. The meeting will look at Zooplankton from around the West Coast of the UK. These tiny animals form a vital part of the marine ecosystem, eating the ... >> More

Honeycomb worm reef: Honeycomb worm reef on Bispham beech, by Toni Roethling The honeycomb worm (Sabellaria alveolata) is a small filter feeding worm that, in common with many similar species, binds a layer of sand or shell fragments about itself for protection. Living close together the worm tubes take on a hexagonal... >> More

CLAWS! Identifying UK Crustaceans.: A talk by Lewis Bambury, Lancashire MCS 19:30, Wednesday 10th March 2021 via Zoom Above: Spider crab (Inachus spp.) by Lewis Bambury, 31st October 2015 Loch Linhe, West Coast of Scotland Animals looking like Crustaceans have been around for at least 500 million years, and in that time have evolv... >> More


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