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Past Events 2009-2015 (→ Current events)

Links to events between 2005 and 2009 are available at the foot of this page.

Past events from the Lancashire MCS local area group:

October 2015

Friday 30 ⇒ Sunday 1

MCS trip to Loch Creran

Contact Gordon Fletcher for more details.

May 2015

Friday 29 ⇒ Sunday 31

MCS Trip To Dunbar

Contact Gordon Fletcher for more details.

April 2015

Tuesday 14

18:00-20:00

Beach clean at Half Moon Bay

Beach clean and litter survey at Half Moon Bay organised by Kathy McAdam. Meet Half Moon Bay car park, Heysham between 18:00 and 18:30. Gloves and suitable footwear required. There will be a social meeting at the Royal following the beach clean, weather permitting.

Friday 3 ⇒ Monday 6

MCS Trip to Oban

Stating at Gallanach, near Oban. Contact Barry Kaye for more details.

March 2015

Tuesday 10

19:30-21:00

Fish ID

Identifying fish, a lecture by Louise Smail. Admission £2. Meeting will be at the Gregson in Lancaster.

February 2015

Tuesday 24

19:30-21:30

Committee Meeting at the Boot and Shoe, Lancaster

Tuesday 10

19:30-21:00

Plants of the Foreshore and An Introduction to the MCS

Monthly meeting: Plants of the Foreshore by Kathy McAdam PLUS An Introduction to the MCS by Barry Kaye. Admission £2. Meeting will be at the Gregson in Lancaster.

December 2014

Tuesday 9

19:30-21:00

AGM and Christmas Quiz

The Local Area Group's AGM followed by Hilary's Christmas Quiz. No admission charged. Meeting will be at the Gregson in Lancaster - please note change of date!

Saturday 6

19:00-22:30

Christmas Meal

Our Christmas meal this year will be at the Wagon and Horses on the Quay, Lancaster. Four course meal &oound;22.50 in advance, contact Gordon for fmenu options and further details

Saturday 6

14:00-16:00

Beach clean at Half Moon Bay

Beach clean and litter survey at Half Moon Bay organised by Kathy McAdam. Meet Half Moon Bay car park, Heysham at 14:00. Gloves and suitable footwear required.

November 2014

Tuesday 11

19:30-21:00

Anemones and the Beachwatch annual review

Monthly meeting: Beachwatch annual review by Jo Kaye PLUS Beginners ID guide to anemones and related organisms (Cnidaria and Ctenophores) by Gordon, drawing on images from the Ron Crosby memorial gallery. Admission £2. Meeting will be at the Gregson in Lancaster - please note change of date!

October 2014

Tuesday 21

19:30-21:30

Committee Meeting at the Boot and Shoe, Lancaster

Decisions required on our calendar (social events, beach cleans, meetings, dive trips) for the next six months, plus venues for meetings up to Christmas.

Friday 10 ⇒ Monday 13

Trip to Oban area

Three nights accommodation staying at Tralee Bay. Contact Barry for further information.

Wednesday 8

19:30-21:00

Marine plastic

Monthly meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre: Marine Plastic by Jo Kaye. All are welcome, admission £1

September 2014

Friday 26 ⇒ Sunday 28

Dive trip to Loch Creran

Staying in the Oban area, tides are good for drift dives in the Creran Narrows; contact Gordon Fletcher for more details.

Saturday 20

14:30-16:30

Beach Watch Big Weekend

Join us at Halfmoon Bay at 14:30 for a beach clean and letter survey as part of MCS' Beach Watch Big Weekend national beach litter survey. Bring protective gloves, suitable clothing and footwear.

Wednesday 10

19:30-21:00

Roa Review

Review and images form the Roa Island shore walk. Please let us know in advance if you have photos you'd like to have included in this. Capernwray Dive Centre: Admission £1

August 2014

Sunday 17

10:30-00:00

Roa to Piel charity swim

Meeting at 09:30 for boat launch, swim to start about 10:30 at the start of slack water (LW 11:30BST). Charity event raising funds for National MCS - to donate: justgiving.com/lancashiremcs

Tuesday 12

18:30-22:00

Shore walk at Roa Island.

Low water 0.5m at 19:56. This is an opportunity to see the range of plants and animals that are exposed on this very low tide, and is suitable for children - if accompanied by a responsible adult! Wear suitable clothing, wellies recommended. Camera's should be in underwater housings, to protect them from mud and water. Contact Lewis for further information.

July 2014

Wednesday 9

19:30-21:00

Marine plants

Monthly meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre: Beginners guide to marine plants; phytoplankton, seaweeds and higher plants by Barry, drawing on images from the Ron Crosby memorial gallery., admission £1

Tuesday 1

19:30-21:30

Committee Meeting

At the Boot and Shoe, Lancaster.

June 2014

Wednesday 11

18:30-22:30

Beach clean social

Join us at Halfmoon Bay at 18:30 for a beach clean and letter survey, followed by a walk on to the Royal Hotel Heysham for a drink. Bring protective gloves, suitable footwear, and a torch for the return walk.

May 2014

Friday 16 ⇒ Monday 19

Dive trip Dunbar/Eyemouth

Three nights (16, 17 and 18th May) staying at Pease Bay caravan park between Dunbar and Eyemouth. Contact Gordon Fletcher for more information.

Wednesday 14

19:30-21:00

Beginners ID guides to fish and tunicates

Monthly meeting at Carnforth WMC: Two beginners ID guides Fish by Gordon Fletcher and Tunicates by Jo Kaye. Talks will drawing on images from the Ron Crosby memorial gallery. Admission £1

April 2014

Thursday 24 ⇒ Wednesday 30

Big Beach Clean-up

M&S are again sponsoring this national beach-clean event, with 14 beaches in the North West, including Arnside and Sandylands. Full details are available on the 'Forever Fish' website.

Wednesday 9

19:30-21:00

Worms!

Monthly meeting at Carnforth WMC: Beginners guide to worms by Barry, drawing on images from the Ron Crosby memorial gallery. Admission £1

Tuesday 8

09:30-17:00

Irish Sea Marine Conference

Organised by Cumbria Wildlife Trust, the conference will be held at the Netherwood Hotel, Grange-over-Sands. Booking required at £25 ea. further details

March 2014

Saturday 22

10:00-16:00

Sefton Coastal Path Walk

Sefton Coastal Path Part 1: Linear walk from Waterloo (Crosby) to Formby, by Hilary Parkes. Link for more details.

Sunday 16

14:00-17:00

Beach Clean and litter survey

RESCHEDULED Beach Clean and litter survey at Half Moon Bay organised by Jo Kaye and Kathy McAdam. Meet Half Moon Bay car park, Heysham at 14.00. Gloves and suitable footwear required.

Wednesday 12

19:30-21:00

Crabs and smart phone apps

Monthly meeting (re-scheduled from February): Marine smart phone apps. (Louise, Jo, Barry) PLUS Beginners ID guide to crustacea (crabs and related) by Lewis, drawing on images from the Ron Crosby memorial gallery. Carnforth WMC, Admission £1

February 2014

Tuesday 25

19:30-21:00

Committee meeting

Committee meeting at the Boot and Shoe Lancaster (join us for dinner before the meeting at 18:30)

January 2014

Saturday 25

10:00-16:00

Ribble Way Walk

A linear walk between Brickcroft Nature Reserve and Penwortham organised by Hilary Parkes, full details on our blog

Wednesday 8

20:00-21:30

NA

NO MEETING

December 2013

Wednesday 11

19:30-21:00

AGM plus Xmas General Knowledge Quiz

AGM plus Xmas General Knowledge Quiz by Hilary Parkes. Meeting at Carnforth WMC

Saturday 7

19:00-22:30

Xmas Social at 'Simply French'

Xmas social at 'Simply French', St Georges Quay, Lancaster. Contact Gordon Fletcher for more information.

Saturday 7

11:00-14:00

Beach Clean and litter survey

Beach Clean and litter survey at Half Moon Bay. Meet Half Moon Bay car park, Heysham at 11.00. Gloves and suitable footwear required.

November 2013

Wednesday 13

19:30-21:30

Sea Champions

Monthly meeting at Carnforth WMC: Sea Champions presented by Justine Willard National MCS. Admission £1

October 2013

Tuesday 22

19:30-21:00

Committee meeting

Committee meeting at the Boot and Shoe, Lancaster

Friday 18 ⇒ Sunday 20

Dive trip to Oban

Dive trip to Oban staying at Gallanach, organised by Barry Kaye

Wednesday 9

19:30-21:00

Diving at Roa Island: Can we predict the vis?

A beginner's guide to the physical oceanography of Morecambe Bay by Barry. PLUS Project review and planning for our October visit to Oban/Gallanach (Barry and Gordon). Monthly meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre: Admission £1

September 2013

Saturday 21

14:00-16:00

Beach Clean and litter survey

Beachwatch Big Weekend at Half Moon Bay with Morecambe and Heysham Soroptomists. Meet Half Moon Bay car park, Heysham at 2pm. Gloves and suitable footwear required. Organised by Sandra Moon.

Wednesday 11

19:30-21:00

Sustainable Fisheries in Morecambe Bay

Sustainable Fisheries in Morecambe Bay a presented by Joe Moulton, Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer (IFCA). Monthly meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Admission £1

August 2013

Wednesday 14

19:30-21:00

Images from the Roa Island shore walk

Even if you didn't make the shore walk (24th July), you can come along and see images of the very colourful life that we found! 19:30hrs at Capernwray Dive Centre £1.00 Adm.

July 2013

Wednesday 24

18:30-20:30

Shore walk at Roa Island.

'This is an opportunity to see the range of plants and animals that are exposed on this very low tide. Wear suitable clothing, wellies recommended. Suitable for children - if accompanied by a responsible adult! Meet at Roa Island at 18.30hrs. LW 20.04hrs. 0.62metres. For further information contact Lewis Bambury.

Saturday 13

10:00-16:00

Circular walk, Warton Crag and Silverdale

A walk of about 9 miles taking in Warton Crag and the shore: Full details on our blog

June 2013

Sunday 30

10:00-13:00

Dive at Roa Island*

Possible dive at Roa Island. LW approx 12:04. Weather dependent, please confirm!

Saturday 29

09:30-12:00

Dive at Roa Island*

Possible dive at Roa Island. LW approx 11:11. Weather dependent, please confirm!

Wednesday 19

19:30-21:30

Dive at Roa Island (HW)*

Meet at 19:30 for a possible dive at Roa Island. HW at 20:33 BST. Weather dependent, please confirm!

Sunday 16

11:00-13:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey.

Meet Half moon bay car park, Heysham at 11.00 (LW at 11.30hrs.) Gloves and suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Wednesday 12

19:30-21:00

Just beyond the Bay

By MCS Lancashire group. A look at some the varied sites close to our N.West coast that have been dived by Group members over the past years. At Capernwray Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Admission

Thursday 6

19:30-21:00

Emergency Committee Meeting

Boot and Shoe, Lancaster (LA1 4PU) 19.30hrs

May 2013

Friday 10 ⇒ Monday 13

Long weekend visit to Loch Creran.

Caravan accommodation at Tralee Bay. Approx. 9 miles north of Oban. Excellent easy access dive sites, good walking & wonderful scenery all close to the accommodation. N.B. We need sufficient numbers ASAP so that accommodation can be booked early, this is essential for this very busy time of year. For further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

Wednesday 8

19:30-21:00

Sea Pens and Serpulid Reefs

A Review of Easter survey work in the Kerrera Sound and Loch Creran by Barry Kaye. Talk at Capernwray Dive Centre, admission £1.00, ALL welcome.

April 2013

Saturday 27

14:30-16:30

Big Beachwatch Litter Survey

Sponsored & organised by Marks & Spencer. Meet at 14.30hrs at Half Moon Bay car park. Gloves and suitable footwear required.

Saturday 20

12:00-15:00

Roa Island Dive

LW 14.07hrs. Meet at 12.00hrs. Contact Lewis on Fri. 19th. to confirm that conditions are suitable.

Saturday 13

11:00-13:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey.

POSTPONED - see M&S Big Beachwatch Litter survey Sat 27th April.

Wednesday 10

19:30-21:00

Committee meeting (at CARNFORTH)

An extra-ordinary meeting to review local MCS strategy in view of declining numbers attending monthly meetings. The talk 'Just beyond the Bay' will now be at Capernwray on 12th June.

March 2013

Thursday 28 ⇒ Tuesday 2

Long Dive w/end. In the Oban Area.

Five nights caravan accommodation at Galanach (arrive Monday 28th return Tuesday 2nd). Numerous interesting easy access dives sites within close proximity to the caravan site. Dive and survey options will be discussed at our meeting in February. For further details contact Barry Kaye.

Sunday 24

13:00-16:30

Roa Island dive

LW 15.01hrs. Meet at 13.00hrs. Contact Ron on Fri. 22nd. To confirm that conditions are suitable.

Wednesday 13

19:30-21:00

Fish Evolution

By Jean Wilson from Blackpool & Fylde College. At Carnforth WM Club Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Admission

February 2013

Tuesday 26

19:30-21:00

Committee Meeting

The Canberra Club, Samlesbury 19.30hrs.

Saturday 23

10:30-17:00

Coastal walk around North Walney

Meet at Earnse Bay car park, NGR. SD 170 699 at 10.30 hrs. Wear wellies or boots & warm waterproof clothing. Bring packed lunch. For further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

Wednesday 13

19:30-21:00

Sea Loch surveys in the Oban Area

By Gordon Fletcher and Barry Kaye: A review and some ideas for shore and diving surveys in the Oban area in 2013. At Carnforth WM Club Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Admission

January 2013

Sunday 20

10:30-13:00

Roa Island dive

LW 11.52hrs. Meet at 10.30hrs. Contact Lewis on Sat 19th. to confirm that conditions are suitable.

Wednesday 9

19:30-21:00

Group AGM followed by Quiz

At Carnforth WM Club Commence 19.30hrs. No admission charge.

December 2012

Wednesday 12

19:30-21:00

"Curious creatures" by Gordon Fletcher

An introduction to some of the more unusual plants and animals in our local coastal waters. At Carnforth WM Club Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Admission

Sunday 9

11:00-13:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meeting at 11:00hrs, low water at 13:23hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required, for further information contact Jo Kaye.

Saturday 1

19:00-23:30

Xmas Social night

At the Gatehouse Restaurant, Lancaster. 19:00hrs for 19:30hrs. Further details, menu etc. from Gordon Fletcher.

November 2012

Saturday 24

13:30-17:00

Roa Island Dive

LW 15:00hrs. Meet at 13:30hrs. Please contact Ron Crosby to confirm that conditions are suitable on Fri 23rd.

Wednesday 14

19:30-21:00

"Limestone" by Ron Crosby

A look at how limestone has influenced both the landscape and life in the Yorkshire dales. At Carnforth WM Club Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Admission

Saturday 10

Coastal walk from Arnside

With time to look at maring life on the shore. Meet at beach car park along side the railway viaduct at 10:30hrs. If coming by train catch 09:45hrs from Preston (calls at Lancaster and Carnforth), arrived Arnside at 10:19hrs. On leaving the platform bear right, the beach car park is 300m along the road in the direction of Arnside. Wear suitable footwear and clothing, and bring a packed lunch. For further information contact Hilary Parkes.

October 2012

Friday 26 ⇒ Thursday 28

Dive w/e to Great Cumbrae, Firth of Clyde

Two nights self catering accommodation. Varied dive sites and coastal walking with excellent scenery. Contact Jo Kaye.

Tuesday 16

19:30-21:00

Committee Meeting

The Canberra Club, Samlesbury at 19.30hrs.

Wednesday 10

19:30-21:00

Whats that blob?

Identification of member's images. Bring your underwater slides or digital images along. Monthly meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Commence 19.30hrs. Admission £1.00.

Sunday 7

09:45-12:00

Roa Island Dive

LW 10.23hrs. Meet at 09.45hrs. Please confirm with Gordon Fletcher that conditions are suitable on Sat 6th.

September 2012

Friday 21 ⇒ Sunday 23

Dive trip to Oban

Trip to Oban, a number of excellent shore dives to choose from. Staying at Gallanach caravan park. Contact Barry Kaye.

Saturday 15

11:00-14:00

Beachwatch survey

In conjunction with Morecambe Soroptomist Group. Meet at Half Moon Bay, Heysham at 12:30hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required, for further information contact Jo Kaye.

Wednesday 12

19:30-21:00

Surveying the Piel Channel

Surveying, recording and photographing the Piel channel (close to Barrow in Furness), by members of the group. Monthly meeting at Capernwray Dive centre at 19:30. Admission £1

Sunday 9

10:30-14:00

Roa Island Dive

LW 11.59hrs. Meet at 10.30hrs. Please confirm that conditions are suitable on Sat 8th.

August 2012

Saturday 11

11:15-14:00

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 11.15hrs. LW 12.56hrs. Please contact Ron Crosby on Fri. 10th. to confirm conditions.

Wednesday 8

19:30-21:00

Irish Sea Marine Conservation Zones

A presentation by Lindsay Sullivan, Marine Conservation Officer, North West Wildlife Trusts. Plus UK marine wildlife film. Capernwray Dive Centre. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

July 2012

Friday 27 ⇒ Sunday 29

National Whale and Dolphin Watch

For more information about this national recording event see the Sea Watch website, all are welcome to participate.

Saturday 14

13:00-17:00

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 13.00hrs. LW 14.58hrs. Please contact Lewis Bambury on Sat. 13th. to confirm conditions.

Wednesday 4

17:30-21:00

Shore walk at Roa Island

In place of our usual monthly meeting, this walk offers an opportunity to see the range of plants and animals exposed at this low tide. Wear suitable clothing, wellies recommended. Suitable for children. Meet at Roa Island at 17.30hrs. LW 19.10hrs. For further information contact Lewis Bambury.

June 2012

Tuesday 26

19:30-21:00

Committee Meeting

The Canberra Club, Samlesbury, 19.30hrs. All welcome.

Saturday 16

12:00-14:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Come along and help combat the problem of marine litter. Meet car park at 12.00hrs. HW. 10.02hrs. Further details from Jo Kaye. Suitable clothing and gloves required.

Wednesday 13

19:30-21:00

Explore the Strandline

Presentations by Members of the Group looking in detail at the plants & animals that we find on the strandline. Monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

May 2012

Sunday 13

11:00-15:00

Roa Island Dive

LW. 12.31hrs. Meet at 11.00hrs. Please contact Gordon Fletcher on Sat. 12th. to confirm conditions.

Friday 11

10:15-14:30

Special Beachwatch litter survey

M&S sponsored Marine Conservation Society Beach Litter surveys at Morecambe on Friday 11th. meet at 10.15hrs. at Sandylands car park, Morecambe. If you are available and interested see M&S website /www.marksandspencer.com/foreverfish to register and for more details. After a snack lunch provided by M&S there will be a guided shore walk at Half Moon Bay,Heysham for anyone interested.

Wednesday 9

19:30-21:00

Burrbo Bank & Walney offshore wind farms

A presentation by Dong Energy. Capernwray Dive Centre. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

Friday 4 ⇒ Sunday 6

Long weekend (three nights) visit to Loch Creran

Caravan accommodation at Tralee Bay. Approx. 9 miles north of Oban Excellent easy access dive sites, good walking & wonderful scenery all close to the accommodation. Return on Bank Holiday Monday (7th May). Contact Gordon Fletcher.

April 2012

Sunday 15

11:00-13:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meeting at 11:00hrs, low water at 14:20hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required, for further information contact Jo Kaye.

Monday 9 ⇒ Thursday 12

Lochaline visit

Excellent shore walks and one of the best shore dives in the UK on your doorstep... Four nights at the Old Post Office in Lochaline (returning 13th April). Price about £120 per person for accommodation (depends upon numbers). Small number of places still available, please contact Barry Kaye.

Wednesday 4

19:30-21:00

Sea Watch: Monitoring UK cetaceans

A presentation by Katrin Lohrengel, Commence 19.30hrs. Capernwray Dive Centre. £1.00 Adm.

Sunday 1

13:50-21:00

Roa Island Dive

LW 13.50 hrs, Meet at 12.00 hrs. Contact Ron Crosby Sat. 31st. Mar. to check site conditions.

March 2012

Sunday 4

12:30-21:00

Roa Island dive

LW 14. 40 hrs. Meet at 12.30 hrs. Contact Lewis Bambury Sat. 3rd. to check site conditions.

February 2012

Tuesday 21

19:30-21:00

Committee Meeting.

The Canberra Club, Samlesbury 19.30hrs.

Saturday 18

10:00-16:00

Marine Life Identification course (at Leighton Moss)

A basic introduction to identifying marine organisms both on the shore and under water. No previous knowledge required. The course is aimed at divers and anyone that enjoys being on the shore. The venue is the RSPB visitor centre at Leighton Moss, Silverdale, Lancs. Start at 10.00hrs. End 16.00hrs approx. Cost £5.00 per person. To book a place contact Ron Crosby ASAP. Places are limited

January 2012

Saturday 28

09:00-21:00

Circular walk, Cook O'Lune

UPDATED: Meet at Crook O'Lune car park at 10:00. The car park is signposted from the A683, grid reference SD 521 647. WC available, there is a £1 parking charge. Distance approx 6 miles (shorter if the weather is bad). Bring a drink and snack lunch. Walking boots are recommended as the route is muddy in places. For further details contact Hilary Parkes.

Wednesday 18

19:30-21:00

Group A.G.M. Plus Review of 2011 events & activities.

Monthly Meeting in Furness Lecture Theatre No 2 Lancaster University (free admission).

December 2011

Sunday 18

12:00-14:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

At Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meet Half moon bay car park at hrs.12.00 HW hrs. Gloves & suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Wednesday 14

19:30-21:00

The Fiendishly fun Xmas Quiz (at Lancaster Uni)

Set by Hilary Parkes. Monthly Meeting at Furness lecture Theatre No 2, Lancaster University. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00 Adm.

Saturday 3

19:00-23:00

Xmas Social night

19.00hrs for 19.30hrs. Menu available, food orders in advance to Gordon Fletcher.

November 2011

Sunday 20

11:00-15:00

Roa Island Dive

LW 12.38Hrs. Meet at 11.00Hrs. Contact Ron Crosby Sat 19th to check weather and site conditions.

Wednesday 9

19:30-21:00

Climate Change (at Lancaster Uni)

By Barry Kaye. Our monthly meeting at Furness Lecture Theatre No 2. Lancaster University will look at causes of climate change, and how they impact the marine ecosystem. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00

Saturday 5

12:30-21:00

Roa Island Dive

LW. 14.00Hrs. Meet at 12.30Hrs. Contact Lewis Bambury Fri.4th to check weather and site conditions.

October 2011

Sunday 23

14:00-21:00

Roa Island Dive

LW. 15.24Hrs. Meet at 14.00Hrs. Contact Gordon Fletcher Sat.22nd to check Weather and site conditions.

Tuesday 18

19:30-21:00

Committee Meeting

The Canberra Club, Samlesbury, 19.30hrs

Sunday 16

11:00-13:00

Beach clean at Half Moon Bay

Since the weather was so appalling for the September beach clean, we had to postpone. The new date is now October 16th at 11am. Let's hope for better weather this time! Contact Jo Kaye for further information.

Thursday 13

19:00-21:00

Breaking New Ground

Part of the 'Fragments from the Weather Station' exhibition in which scientists, botanists, photographers and poets have been key collaborators. Though they interpret the world in different ways, is the common ground? Following presentations from Professor Peter Matthiessen (scientist) and John Fox (artist), Howard Hull will illuminate links with the work of Ruskin. At Brantwood near Coniston; Admission £5

Wednesday 12

19:30-21:00

Privies, potties and pollution

By Dick White. Our monthly Meeting at Capernwray Dive Centre is a brief history of sewage disposal and treatment through the ages, plus a description of recent work on disposal on the North West Coast which resulted from the EC Bathing Water Directive. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00

Friday 7 ⇒ Sunday 9

Dive weekend at Cumbrae

Long weekend visit to the Island of Great Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde - two nights S/C cottage accommodation. Excellent dive sites & good walking with wonderful scenery. Places are limited, please contact Jo Kaye ASAP for further details.

Monday 3

18:00-21:00

Slack Water (preview)

An exhibition of four groups of artworks using underwater photographs made over the last 15 years by Gordon Fletcher. The venue for the exhibition is the University of Central Lancs. Victoria building & the Adelphi building, located between Adelphi Street & Fylde Road, Preston. All interested are invited to attend the Preview from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

September 2011

Saturday 17

10:30-12:00

Beachwatch, litter survey

This litter survey is in conjunction with Morecambe & Heysham Soroptomists. Meet Half Moon Bay car park near Heysham at 10.30hrs. Suitable footwear & gloves required. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Wednesday 14

19:30-21:00

Dive trip review

A review of group visits to Roa Island, Loch Aline & the Oban area during the previous few summer months. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00

August 2011

Tuesday 30

18:00-21:00

Shore walk at Roa Island

Take advantage of a very low tide (.5mtr.) to see the fantastic range of marine life in the shallow water which is normally covered by the tide. Wellies and waterproofs advised. For more info. Contact Lewis Bambury.

Wednesday 10

17:30-21:00

"Living Wrecks" by Lewis Bambury

The fantastic diversity of marine life that is attracted to these artificial reefs is the subject of the final presentation in our series where we have been looking at various UK marine habitats and the many forms of marine that they support. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00.

Sunday 7

10:30-14:00

Roa Island dive

Meet at 10.30hrs. LW 12.23 hrs. Ring Lewis, Ron or Gordon on Sat. 6th. to confirm conditions

Thursday 4

10:30-13:00

Shore walk at Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, Heysham in conjunction with Lancs. WLT. Meet at 10.30hrs. at Half Moon Bay car park. For further details contact Ron Crosby.

July 2011

Sunday 24

10:30-14:00

Roa Island dive

Meet at 10.30hrs. LW 12.28 hrs. Ring Gordon, Lewis or Ron on Sat. 23rd. to confirm conditions

Wednesday 13

17:30-21:00

"Rocky Reefs and Shores" by Barry Kaye

The third in our marine habitats series of presentations will look at both plant and animal life to be found on "Rocky Reefs & Shores". Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00

Saturday 9

11:00-15:00

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 10.30hrs. LW 12.28 hrs. Ring Gordon, Lewis or Ron on Sat. 23rd. to confirm conditions

June 2011

Tuesday 28

17:30-21:00

Committee Meeting

Canberra Club, Samlesbury. 19.30hrs.

Friday 24 ⇒ Monday 27

Long weekend visit to the Oban area

Three night's caravan accommodation at Gallanach approx. 2 miles south of Oban. Convenient for numerous dive sites. Close to Kerrera Island ferry which gives easy access to visit the island. For further details contact Barry Kaye ASAP.

Sunday 19

11:30-14:00

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Come along and help to combat the massive marine litter problem. Meet at Half Moon Bay car park at 11.30 hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye

Wednesday 8

19:30-21:00

"Sea Lochs" by Ron Crosby

The many and varied marine habitats and the life that they support in the Sea Lochs. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00

May 2011

Sunday 22

12:00-17:00

Coastal Walk

Join us for a coastal walk around Sunderland Point, returning along the top of the flood barrier to see the salt marsh flooded at high water. Meet opposite The Globe at Overton at 12.00hrs. Bring suitable footwear and packed lunch. For further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

Wednesday 11

17:30-21:00

"Pebble and Shell ground" by Gordon Fletcher

The first in a series of presentations that will look at life in the various marine habitat types around the UK. Capernwray Dive Centre. Commence 19.30hrs. Adm. £1.00

Friday 6

Long weekend (three nights) visit to Loch Creran

Caravan accommodation at Tralee Bay. Approx. 9 miles north of Oban. Excellent easy access dive sites, good walking and wonderful scenery all close to the accommodation.
N.B. We need sufficient numbers ASAP so that accommodation can be booked early, this is essential for this very busy time of year.
For further details contact Gordon Fletcher

April 2011

Sunday 17

12:00-14:00

Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Come along and help to combat the massive marine litter problem. Meet Half Moon Bay car park at 12:00 hrs. LW. 17:10 hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye. (Originally planned for Sunday 10th April)

Monday 11

Lochaline dive trip 11-15 April 2011

Please note - four nights accommodation, arriving Monday 11th and leaving on Friday 15th. There are a small number of places available on this trip, which will involve beach walks and shore diving in the Lochaline area.
For more details contact Barry Kaye

Sunday 10

POSTPONED: Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Come along and help to combat the massive marine litter problem. Meet Half Moon Bay car park at 11.30 hrs. LW. 10.38 hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye. POSTPONED to Sun April 17th

Tuesday 5

Shore to Sea

A look into the life history of the remains of plants and animals commonly found on the strand line.
Gregson Centre, Lancaster
Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

March 2011

Sunday 27

Roa Island Dive and Shore survey

Meet at 10.30hrs. LW 12.39hrs. For further details and to check conditions contact, Ron Crosby.

Sunday 20

Coastal walk

Join us for a 6 miles walk around Cockersands Abbey and Lune Estuary. Start and end at Glasson Dock. Meet 10.30hrs at Top of 'Tithe Barn Hill' road junction at Glasson Dock Grid Ref. SD 442 560 (Parking available on road near the junction).
Wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Further details contact Chrissy Fletcher.

Wednesday 9

Sea Cucumbers in the Western Indian Ocean

by Mandy Knott.
Furness Lecture Theatre No 2. Lancaster University.
Commence 19:30hrs. Admission £1.00.

Friday 4

Weekend visit to Loch Goil

Accommodation at Lochgoilhead for 4-6th March. An old favourite winter venue with the Group. Simple interesting shore dives, boulder shores & good coastal walking country.
For further details contact Ron Crosby.

February 2011

Sunday 27

Roa Island Dive and Shore survey

Meet at 11.30hrs. LW 13.22hrs.
For further details and to check conditions contact, Gordon Fletcher

Wednesday 16

Committee Meeting

19.30hrs: Venue to be arranged.

Wednesday 9

Marine mammals

This talk by Janet Preece will have an emphasis on seals.
Furness Lecture Theatre No 2 Lancaster University
Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm

January 2011

Saturday 29

The Knott End Circuit

Enjoy an approx. 5 miles long coastal walk around the Wyre Estuary. Meet at Knott End car park at 10.30Hrs. Bring suitable clothing, footwear and a packed lunch.
Further details contact Hilary Parkes

Saturday 22

Preston SAC Annual Dinner Dance

Wellington Park Hotel, Nr. Preston. For further details or to book tickets contact Gordon Fletcher.

Sunday 16

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Come along and help to combat the massive marine litter problem. Meet Half Moon Bay car park at 11.30 hrs. LW. 14:41 hrs. Gloves and suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Saturday 15

Roa Island Dive & Shore survey

Meet at 11.30hrs. LW 13.37hrs.
For further information and to check conditions contact, Ron Crosby

Wednesday 12

Group A.G.M. and Photo. Competition

19:30hrs Furness Lecture Theatre No 2 Lancaster University
For further details of photo. comp. contact Louise Smail
Admission: free

December 2010

Tuesday 28

Roa Island Dive?

TBC

Sunday 19

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Meet Half Bay Heysham. Meet at the car park at 11:30hrs. LW. 13.18hrs. Gloves & suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye. Due to bad weather, moved to 16th January 2011.

Wednesday 8

The Fiendishly fun Xmas Quiz

by Hilary Parkes. Furness lecture Theatre No 2, Lancaster University. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

Saturday 4

Xmas Social night

Thurnham Hall 18.30hrs for 19.00hrs. Menu available, food orders in advance to Gordon Fletcher
Please note the change to a larger venue, due to numbers attending.

November 2010

Sunday 14

Roa Island Survey/Photo Dive

Meet at 09.30 hrs. LW 11.17hrs. Further details contact Ron Crosby.

Friday 12

Dive weekend, Oban area

12th to 14th November. For further details contact Barry Kaye

Wednesday 10

Gulf oil spill

by Barry Kaye. Monthly Meeting. Furness Lecture Theatre No 2. Lancaster University. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00. Adm.

Saturday 6

Coastal walk

Around Sunderland Point,(Approx.5 miles). Meet at The Globe, Overton at 10.30hrs. Boots and packed lunch required. For further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

October 2010

Friday 29

Dive weekend at Loch Fyne

29th to 31st October. For further details contact Gordon Fletcher

Wednesday 27

Committee Meeting

The Myerscough, Salmesbury at 19.30hrs

Wednesday 13

Photo ID session and favourite dive locations

Photo ID session plus two short presentations on Loch Creran by Gordon Fletcher and The Medas Islands by Ron Crosby.
Capernwray Dive Centre. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

September 2010

Saturday 18

Beachwatch, litter survey

In conjunction with Morecambe & Heysham Soroptomists. Meet Half Moon Bay car park near Heysham at 11.00hrs. Suitable footwear & gloves required. Further details from Jo Kaye

Wednesday 8

ID Course 5: Sponges, worms and sea-squirts.

by various group members.
ID course summary by Jo Kaye
Capernwray Dive Centre, 7.30 pm. Admission £1.00. All welcome.

Saturday 4

Roa Island Survey/Photo Dive

Meet at 12.40hrs. LW 14.40hrs. Further details contact Lewis Bambury

August 2010

Wednesday 11

Monthly Meeting: Shore walk. Roa Island

Marine life survey of the fore-shore at Roa Island, Meet at 19.00hrs LW 19.40hrs. For further details, see the document linked below or contact Lewis Bambury
Marine life survey of the fore-shore. (PDF 102kB)

July 2010

Sunday 18

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 10.45hrs. LW 11.36hrs. Contact Ron Crosby

Wednesday 14

ID Course 4: Crabs and slugs

Crabs, Lobsters & Shrimps by Lewis Bambury
Whelks, Mussels, Sea slugs & Octopus by Gordon fletcher
Capernwray Dive Centre, 7.30 pm. Admission £1.00. All welcome.

Friday 2

Dive w/e

To be arranged.(We are looking at the Dunbar area)

June 2010

Wednesday 23

Committee Meeting

The Myerscough 19.30hrs

Sunday 20

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meet Half moon bay car park at 11.00 hrs. LW 13.09 hrs.
Gloves and suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Wednesday 9

ID Course 3: Anemones and starfish

Anemones & Corals by Gordon Fletcher and
Starfish & Sea urchins by Ron Crosby
Capernwray Dive Centre, 7.30 pm. Admission £1.00. All welcome.

Sunday 6

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 12.30hrs. LW 13.25hrs. Contact Gordon

May 2010

Friday 21

Dive W/end. Loch Creran

21-23rd May: Caravan accommodation at Tralee Bay. Early booking with deposit advised. Further details contact Gordon Fletcher.

Wednesday 12

Irish Sea Marine Conservation Zones Project

by Laura Bates and
ID Course 2: Plants of the sea, Sea weeds by Barry Kaye
Capernwray Dive Centre, 7.30 pm. Admission £1.00. All welcome.

Saturday 8

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 13.30hrs. LW 14.28hrs.Contact Barry Kaye

April 2010

Sunday 25

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 14.00hrs. Further info. Contact Lewis Bambury

Saturday 24

Circular walk round Warton Crag and Silverdale

Meet at 9:30 at Warton Crag car park (large former quary). Distance 8-11 miles. Bring food and drink, boots recommended.

Sunday 18

Beach clean and litter survey

At Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meet Half Moon bay car park at 10:00hrs. Please bring gloves and suitable footwear. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Wednesday 14

Monthly meeting: Introduction to Marine Identification (Part1)

Introduction to marine plants and animals: by Barry Kaye.
A look at fish by Ron Crosby
19.30hrs, Capernwray Dive Centre. All welcome, £1.00 Adm. Further details contact Jo Kaye

Saturday 10

Lochaline dive trip

Cancelled. Sorry, we'll try again next year, but need to get numbers and deposits in very quickly to secure accommodation here! Expect first announcement in summer...

March 2010

Saturday 27

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 13.00hrs. Further info. Contact Lewis Bambury.

Wednesday 10

Monthly meeting: Tales from the river bank

By Michelle Cooper, Lancaster Maritime Museum. Furness Lecture Theatre No2. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

Wednesday 3

Committee meeting

19:30 at the Myerscough, Salmesbury (replaces meeting postponed from January)

February 2010

Saturday 27

Circular Walk round Longridge Fell

Meet 10:30 at Hurst Green Village Hall Car Park (OS SD 684382). Distance: About 8 miles (280m of ascent). If weather is fine, there is an optional extension to the river Ribble.

Bring: A hot drink and food for lunch. Walking boots. Parts of the route very likely to be muddy.

Contact - Ron Crosby.

Wednesday 10

Annual Photographic Competition

Furness Lecture Theatre No2. Lancaster University.Categories:- Above water, Below water and Humorous Marine Images. Further details from Louise Smail. Commence 19.30hrs. £1.00 Adm.

Wednesday 3

Committee Meeting

The Myerscough, 19.30hrs.

January 2010

Saturday 30

10:00-15:30

Ribble way linear walk

Meet at 10.00hrs. at Longton Brickcroft Nature Reserve.(NGR479 251) to walk to Penwortham. (approx. 8 miles). Further details below the diary

Saturday 23

Preston S.A.C. Annual Dinner Dance.

Details from Gordon Fletcher

Wednesday 13

POSTPONED! Development of Marine Conservation Zones in the Irish Sea

by Laura Bates, Irish Sea Conservation Zones Project.
Group AGM and 'A pictorial view of marine life in the Piel Channel'.
19.30hrs. Furness Lecture Theatre No2. Lancaster University. Adm. Free.
Please note this meeting has been postponed due to bad weather

Sunday 10

Roa Island Dive

Meet at 10.30hrs. Further info. Contact Gordon Fletcher.

December 2009

Sunday 13

Adopt-a-Beach litter survey

Half Moon Bay, Heysham. Meet Half moon bay car park at 11.00 hrs. HW 08.36 hrs. Gloves & suitable footwear required. Further details from Jo Kaye.

Saturday 12

Dive at Roa Island

Weather dependent: Contact Gordon Fletcher Friday 11th. Provisionally meet at 13.00pm, LW 14.22

Wednesday 9

The Fiendishly fun Xmas Quiz

Organisers, Hilary Parkes & Scott Starkie. Commence 19.30hrs. Lancaster University, Furness Lecture Theatre No. 2. Adm. £1.00.

Saturday 5

Christmas Social night.

Thurnham Hall 19.00hrs for 19.30hrs. Menu available, food orders in advance to Gordon Fletcher.
Please note change to larger venue due to numbers attending.

Older events

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

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Lancashire MCS would like to thank all contributors to our program of events over the years. We are also indebted to the Capernwray Dive Centre, Carnforth Working Men's Club and the University of Lancaster, who have at various times provided us with a venue for our meetings.


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