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News and events from 2006

Blue rayed limpet on kelp.

Above: Blue rayed limpet on
kelp, photo'd in the Creran
Narrows during the Oban trip
October 16th 2005.

Fund raising events in 2006

We have been involved in two very succesful fund raising events this year, raising in excess of £2000 for the Marine Conservation Society national funds:

Three Peaks Challenge

Congratulations to the team, who managed the challenge - up and down Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon - in 23 hours and 30 minutes, half an hour within the limits set by the challenge. Thanks to everyone who donated, you helped raise a total of £1619.74 for national MCS funds.

Beneath the waves UK style - thanks

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Preston conference such a great success. Feedback from the event was very positive, and £411.75 was raised for national MCS funds.

Other fund raisers

Capernwray Dive Centre have very kindly donated all of the money collected for the buffets they provide for our summer meetings to MCS national funds. A further fifty pounds has been raised through photographic and other exhibitions by members of the group.

Loch Ryan survey 2006

One of our objectives in 2006 was to try and raise the profile of survey diving, with an extended series of dive weekends in the Stranraer area. This work will offer the chance for divers and coastal wildlife watchers to put together a more complete view of marine life in an area, and develop or refine your Seasearch skills.

The first survey was undertaken on the weekend of the 28th April, there were both technical problems with the boat, and health problems with some of us being too unwell to dive, but a number of surveys were completed, and have been submitted to the MCS central office.

Other very successful survey dives were conducted in the Lochaline area - also in April, with a single dive site yielding more than 60 species! (Without having to resort to microscopy).

Obituary

It is with great sadness that we note the recent and sudden death of Eric Amos. With his wife Alma, he has been involved with our group since the early 1990's. Eric regularly attended our monthly meetings and was always a friendly face in the audience and a participant in pub discussions later in the evening.

With his background as a mining engineer and his keen interest in geology, Eric brought a different perspective to our view of the marine environment. He gave marine geology slide talks at monthly meetings, and took the group to a number of sites revealing elements of marine geology and marine fossils.

With his broad Derbyshire accent, he revealed a fascinating insight into the geological time scale of our seas and coastal environment. He often had his own unique view on a wide range of subjects adding to lively debate, where his views would be delivered with his own disarming mix of friendly down to earth practicality. He was a very warm and friendly man to many people, and will be greatly missed by the group.

JANUARY

Wed 11th Group AGM. Lancaster Univ. Furness Lecture Theatre No 2. Plus members photo. Competition. 'The Sea as I See it'. Commence 19.30hrs.

FEBRUARY

Wed 8th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster Univ. Furness Lecture Theatre No 2. Speaker, Stephen Atkins, NW & N.Wales Sea Fisheries Committee. The work of the Sea Fisheries Committee managing fisheries in Morecambe Bay. Marine life Briefing. Marine Worms by Ron Crosby. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Wed. 15th Committee Meeting. The Myerscough Hotel, Salmesbury, 19.30hrs.

Sat. 25th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 14.45hrs. LW 15.44hrs Weather dependant.

Lancashire MCS Conference.

MARCH

Wed. 8th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speaker, Gordon Fletcher, Marine Art Works. Marine Life Briefing. Bryozoa - Often overlooked sea mats, by Louise Smail. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sat. 11th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 15.15hrs. LW 16.17hrs Weather dependant.

Sat. 18th Beneath the waves UK style
A One Day Conference in Preston to raise funds for M.C.S.

A big thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Preston conference such a great success. Feedback from the event was very positive, and over £400 was raised for MCS national funds.

Sun. 26th Drift Dive at Fell Foot, Newby Bridge. Meet 10.00hrs at Fell Foot Park, (near exit) to unload kit and move vehicles. After lunch training walk/run Coniston Old Man.

Photograph of a white banded pink anemone.

Above: An example of the anemone Tealia felina (L.), approximately 10cm in diameter, photo'd on the Lochaline trip.

APRIL

Sun. 9th Adopt-a-Beach litter survey. Middleton Sands. Meet Potts Corner car park at 11.00hrs. For further info. Contact Ron Crosby. HW is at 09.45hrs. LW is at 16.38hrs.

Wed. 12th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speaker: Ron Crosby, The Loch Ryan Survey Project. Marine life briefing, Tunicates - A look at sea squirts by Jo Cook Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

14,15,16,17th Easter Weekend. Cottage accommodation based at Loch Aline, on The Sound of Mull. Further info. contact Barry Kaye.

28 April-1 May (Mayday holiday): Dive Weekend. Loch Ryan Survey, based at Port Patrick, S.W.Scotland. For further info. Contact Ron Crosby.

Photo of a velvet swimming crab with characteristic red eyes and flattened, paddle shaped back legs.

Above: Photograph of a velvet swimming crab.

MAY

28April-1May Dive Weekend. Loch Ryan Survey Project, based at Port Patrick. Mayday Holiday For further info. contact Ron Crosby.

Sat 6th Roa Island Dive. Meet 12.30hrs. LW 13.31hrs. Weather dependant, to check ring Ron Crosby on Fri. 5th.

Wed. 10th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speaker: Barry Kaye Marine life close-up, Crustacea - crabs, lobsters, shrimp.... Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Starfish and urchins by Mike Moon

Above: Starfish and urchins by Mike Moon. 2nd place in the underwater category, 2006 MCS Lancs photo competition.

JUNE

Sat 3rd Roa Island Dive. Meet 10.45hrs. LW 11.38hrs. Weather dependant, to check ring Gordon Fletcher on Fri. 2nd.

Wed. 14th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker, Gordon Fletcher, Morecambe Bay Safari. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sun 18th Adopt-a-Beach litter survey. Middleton Sands. Meet Potts Corner car park. 12.00hrs. For further info. contact Jo Cook LW is at 11.42hrs. HW is at 17.33hrs.

Wed. 21st Committee Meeting. Marton Arms, nr. Ingleton. 19.30hrs.

W/e. 23,24,25th Dive Weekend. Lleyn Peninsula. Caravan accommodation. For further info. contact Louise Smail

The team on Ben Nevis.

Above: The team on Ben Nevis
- only two more peaks to go...

JULY

Thur.6th. Fri.7th THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE. Ben Nevis, Scafell & Snowdon in 24 hours. Team fund raising event for MCS

Wed. 12th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Ron Crosby, Marine life close-up, Snails, mussels and octopus etc. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

15th-16th Dive Weekend. St Abbs & Eyemouth. Caravan accommodation. Spring Bank Hol. For further info. contact Gordon Fletcher.

Breaking surface by Lewis Bambury.

Above: Sunlit ripples on barnacle encrusted rocks, Eriskay, Western Isles, Aug. 2006.

AUGUST

Sat 5th Roa Island Dive. Meet 14.00hrs. LW 14.58hrs. Weather dependant, to check ring Ron Crosby on Fri. 4th.

Wed 9th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Jackie Fereday, RSPB Wildlife on & around Mull. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Wed 16th 'Sea shore Safari' Meet at Fleetwood Museum at 10.30hrs. Further info. contact Ron Crosby.

25.26.27.28th Dive Weekend. Based at Inverie, Knoydart, N.W.Scotland. Bank holiday. For further info. Contact Ron Crosby.

SEPTEMBER

Wed. 13th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Sarah Riddle, Lancaster Maritime Museum. Maritime Traditions around Lancaster. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sun 17th Beach clean & litter survey, Middleton Sands. Meet Potts Corner car park 12.00hrs. Further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

OCTOBER

Sun. 1st Dive at Roa Island. Meet 11.00hrs. LW 12.00hrs. Weather dependant. Confirm with Stuart Aikman Sat 30th Sept.

Wed. 11th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2 . Speaker: Gordon Fletcher, Marine life close-up, Fish Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sat. 14th Marine ID course. Furness lecture theatre No 2. Lancaster University. In conjunction with LUSAC. Further info. from Ron Crosby.

Sun 15th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 12.00hrs. LW 13.11hrs. Weather dependant. Confirm with Ron Crosby Sat 14th.

Wed. 18th Committee Meeting, The Myerscough Hotel, Salmesbury. 19.30hrs.

W/end. 20,21,22nd Dive W/end. Oban area. Caravan accommodation. For further info. contact Ron Crosby.

NOVEMBER

Wed. 8th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 1 OR 2 . Speaker: Ron Crosby, 'Coconuts & Coral Reefs'. Life on the Great Chagos Bank. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sun. 12th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 9.00hrs. LW 10.03hrs Weather dependant. Confirm with Barry Kaye Sat. 11th.

W/end. 24,25,26th Loch Fyne. Sea-mouse & Seasearch survey dives. Cottage accommodation at Minard. For further info. contact Gordon Fletcher.

DECEMBER

Sat. 2nd Xmas Social Night at 'The Stork', Conder Green. Details will be available from Gordon Fletcher.

Sun. 10th Adopt-a-Beach. Beach litter survey at Middleton Sands Meet Potts Corner car park 12.00hrs. Further details contact Jo Kaye.

Wed. 13th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 1 OR 2 . Marine related quiz night. Further details from Christine Fletcher. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sat 16th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 13.30hrs. LW 14.28hrs. Weather dependant. Confirm with Gordon Fletcher Fri. 15th.

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Detail of brittle stars crawling over each other - these animals like being in contact!

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