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Sunlight on weed by Lewis Bambury.
Sunlight over Skye, by Nigel.
Photograph of a sunset.

News and events from 2007

The sea as I see it

2007 Photographic competition winners - our congratulations to Stuart, Nigel, Lewis and Ron.

Photos from top to bottom left:
Calm by Lewis Bambury.
Sunlight over Skye by Nigel Coote.
Slow sunset by Stuart Aikman.

Thumb-nails of all of the 2006 winners are available through the link below:

JANUARY

Wed. 10th Group AGM. Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 1 OR 2 .
Members Under & above water slide / photo competition. Commence 19.30hrs. Further details from Louise Smail.

Sunlight on weed by Lewis Bambury.

Above: Whelk eggs for Valentine's day by Louise Smail.

FEBRUARY

Wed. 7th Committee Meeting. The Myerscough Hotel, Salmesbury, 19.30hrs.

Sat. 10th Preston Sub-Aqua Club Dinner dance at Harris Park Conf. Centre, Preston. For further details and booking contact Gordon Fletcher.

Sun 11th Adopt-a-Beach litter survey. Middleton Sands. Meet Potts Corner car park at 11.00hrs. for further info. contact Jo Kaye. HW at Heysham is at 17.02 hrs.

Sun.18th Visit to Crosby Beach. Merseyside. To see the Anthony Gormly statues. Meet at 13.00hrs. For location details contact Chrissy Fletcher.

Wed. 21st Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speakers: Dr Charles Sheppard Climate change & coral reefs Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

MARCH

Sun. 11th Survey dive, South Walney Nature reserve. For times and further details contact Ron Crosby.

Wed. 14th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speaker: Chris Lumb The Irish Sea-an ecosystem approach to its conservation? Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sun. 25th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 10.00hrs. LW 11.04hrs Weather dependant. Confirm with Gordon Fletcher Sat. 24th.

Phenotypes of shore crab () seen at Lochaline.

APRIL

Sun. 8th - Wed. 11th Easter Weekend. Accommodation based at "The Old Post Office", Loch Aline. For further info. contact Barry Kaye

Sun. 15th Adopt-a-Beach litter survey. Middleton Sands. Meet Potts Corner car park at 14.00hrs. For further info. Contact Jo Kaye. HW at Heysham is at 10.23 hrs. LW is at 17.09 hrs.

Wed. 18th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Group projects update, plus Members slides from Loch Aline dive weekend. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Fri. 20th - Sun. 22nd Dive trip to Cumbrae, For further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

Above left: The shore crab often has a white juvenile stage, but this colouration is retained into adult-hood on the white sands at Lochaline, as seen in this photo of three individuals whicah are pale, pale claws and forward carapace, and all dark.

Lion Rock on Cumbrae.

Above: The Lion Rock on Cumbrae by Barry Kaye.

MAY

Wed 9th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Sex in the sea Presented by those that know about such things! Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sat 12th Roa Island Dive Meet 1.30 pm LW 2.30pm Contact Ron Crosby

Sat 12th/ Sun13th R.S.P.B open event at Leighton Moss Visitor Centre. Spring Fair 10am - 4pm £1.00 Adm Tel: 01524 701601

25th - 28th Dive Weekend. OBAN - Contact Gordon Fletcher

Thurs 31st Shore Walk 'Sea - Shore Safari' Meet at Half Moon Bay car park 2pm Please bring wellies and suitable clothes

JUNE

Sun 10th Adopt-a-Beach litter survey. Middleton Sands. Meet Potts Corner car park. 11am. For further info. Contact Jo Kaye. LW 13:40hrs.

Wed 13th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Jenny Watkins of British Diver Marine Life Rescue Whales dolphins and seals in North West coastal Waters. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Wed 20th Committee Meeting. Marton Arms, Nr. Ingleton. 7.30pm. Photographs for web site please!

Sat 23rd Shore Litter Clean Meet outside the Maritime Museum, St Georges Quay, Lancaster at 12 noon Bring wellies and gloves

JULY

Sun 8th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 11:00hrs. LW 12:07hrs Weather dependant. Confirm with Stuart Aikman Fri. 24th.

Wed 11th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Ron Crosby A Look at Sea Lochs. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

AUGUST

Fri 3rd-5th Dive Weekend. North Wales - contact Barry Kaye

Wed 15th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Jim Andrews Snorkelling with killer whales in Norway. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sun 26th Bank holiday Sponsored Event raising funds for National MCS - Round the Coast of Lancashire - Silverdale to Freckleton Everyone encouraged to take part, friends and family included, you can walk, cycle or run as little as a mile or for a more serious challenge why not do the whole 60 mile route. Contact Stuart Aikman

Sea cucumber Psolus phantapus.

SEPTEMBER

Wed 12th Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Speaker: Group Talk Loch Creran and the Narrows. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sat. 15th Beach clean at Half Moon bay, meet at 10.30am at Half moon bay car park.

22nd or 23rd For Sat dive meet 14.00hrs LW14.53hrs or Sun dive meet 15.00hrs LW15.56hrs. Weather dependant. Contact Ron Crosby on Friday 21st.

Sat 29th & Sun 30th Loch Creran Survey Shore diving weekend with caravan based accommodation. Further details contact Gordon Fletcher

Left: The sea cucumber Psolus phantapus photographed in Loch Creran in May 2007 by Barry Kaye.

OCTOBER

Sun. 7th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 15.20hrs LW16.16hrs. Confirm with Stuart Aikman Fri. 5th.

Wed. 10th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speaker: Ada Pringle Changing Coasts in the Kent Estuary, Morecambe Bay Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sat. 13th Shore life survey at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meet at the car park at 14:30hrs. Contact Ron Crosby.

Wed. 17th Committee Meeting, The Myerscough Hotel, Salmesbury. 19.30hrs.

Sun. 21st Dive at Roa Island. Meet 13:00hrs LW14:07hrs. Confirm with Gordon Fletcher Fri. 19th.
ALTERNATIVE: Fell Foot Dive (as a poor weather option) meet at Fell Foot car park 10.00hrs

NOVEMBER

Sun. 4th Dive at Roa Island. Meet 12.45hrs LW13.41hrs. Weather dependant - confirm with Stuart Aikman Fri. 2nd.

Wed. 14th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Speaker: Suzanna Ilic Video Observations of Beach Changes Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

16th & 17th MCS National Conference at Portsmouth check the MCS web site for details

Sun. 18th Dive at Roa Island.Meet 9.50hrs LW10.56hrs. Weather dependant - confirm with Gordon Fletcher Fri. 16th.

Sat 24 & Sun 25 Loch Fyne Sea Mouse Survey Boat and Shore diving weekend. Further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

DECEMBER

Sat. 1st Dive at Roa Island. Meet 9.30hrs LW10.29hrs. Weather dependant - confirm with Gordon Fetcher Fri. 30th.

Sat 8th Xmas Social Night - details will be available from Gordon Fetcher.

Wed. 12th Monthly Meeting at Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. (The Evil ) Christmas Quiz Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sun. 16th Adopt-a-Beach. Beach litter survey at Half Moon Bay, Heysham. (11:00hrs, HW 15:25hrs) Further details contact Jo Kaye.

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

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