Sealochs and Kelp Forests

February 2nd, 2017

Loch Creran by Gordon Fletcher.
Above: Loch Creran offers a wide variety of interesting, and often colourful, marine habitats to explore. Photo: Gordon Fletcher.

On Wednesday 8th February, we have two illustrated talks about some of the most interesting and accessible dive sites around the British Isles. Gordon Fletcher (MCS Lancashire) will look at Sealochs, characteristic features of the West Coast of Scotland, that offer sheltered diving on a diverse range of marine habitats. Barry Kaye (MCS Lancashire) will look at Kelp forests – interesting and diverse ecosystems, that are often avoided by divers, as looking a bit too much like Tolkien’s Mirkwood

The talks are aimed at a general audience, and an admission fee of £2 is charged to cover costs.

WHERE: The cinema at the Gregson Community Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY
WHEN: Wednesday 8th February at 19:30
ADMISSION: £2.00 Admission
Everybody Welcome!

Sea lochs and kelp forests poster (PDF 672kB).

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The rough and the smooth

January 4th, 2017

Wednesday 11th January 2017 at 7:30PM Two talks looking at how life has adapted to conquer marine environments at opposite extremes of the energy spectrum. Still Waters (and muddy bottoms) by Barry Kaye and Exposed Shores by Gordon Fletcher.
Upstairs in the Cinema at the Gregson Centre, Lancaster, LA1 3PY.
£2.00 admission, all welcome!

Please note we have added a beach clean to our calendar for Sunday, 5th March. This will be at Half Moon Bay, meeting at the Cafe car park at 11AM. Please bring suitable clothing/footwear and tough gloves to protect your hands while picking.

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Man made habitats

December 2nd, 2016

Blackpool pier by Lewis Bambury.

On Wednesday 14th December we have our last public meeting of the year, with two talks from the local group looking at how some marine organisms have adapted to the ‘built environment’. Lewis Bambury will look at static objects, under the title Piers and Jetties, whilst Barry Kaye will take a look at Bilges and Bottoms

The meeting is at 19:30 in the Cinema, upstairs at the Gregson (click for website with address and venue details).
Admission is £2. Everyone is welcome.

You can download a copy of the poster below:

Man made habitats poster (116kB PDF)

Photo: Blackpool pier by Lewis Bambury.

Posted in MCS talks, Science

Climate change

November 2nd, 2016

A warming world

We Brits are obsessed about the weather, but at the end of the driest October in 65 years, has it actually started to change? At this month’s meeting (Wednesday 9th November, 19:30) Jo Kaye will take a look at how global warming is likely to effect life in and around the Bay. This is the first of our winter series of lectures at the Gregson Community Centre in Lancaster (LA1 3PY for those of you with satellite navigation!), so please come along and support us if you can!

Admission is £2, and everyone is welcome (subject to the room capacity, as dictated by fire regulations). Full details in our poster linked below:

Climate change (PDF 391kB)

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British Divers Marine Life Rescue

September 9th, 2016

seals on rocks by Gordon Fletcher

19:30 Wednesday 14th September This month’s talk is by Eric Thresher, about the work of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). The BDMLR is a volunteer organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. (Please note, Eric is an active volunteer for BDMLR, and we may have to substitute a talk if he is called out on a rescue).
The talk will be in the lecture room at Capernwray Dive Centre. £2.00 Admission: Everybody Welcome.

Poster with further information (PDF 111kB) – please help publicise this event if you can

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Greenland – vulnerable Icecap and Icebergs

August 3rd, 2016

Photo of Greenland icebergs by Gordon Fletcher

An illustrated talk by Gordon Fletcher.
On Wed 10th August at 19:30 in the lecture room, Capernwray Dive Centre
£2.00 Admission: Everybody Welcome.

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Wyre Estuary Country Park

August 1st, 2016

Jane and Kathy at the Wyre Estuary show July 2016.

Thank you to Jane and Kathy (above), who represented the MCS at the Wyre Estuary country park show on the 31st July 2016, where the mobile beach and  quiz were great attractions. £50 was raised, £31 from pin badge sales (going to national MCS) and £20 from sales towards to local group.

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Morecambe Bay Kite Festival

July 18th, 2016

MCS stand at the Morecambe Kite Festival 2016
Good weather encouraged a lot of people out onto the Morecambe prom to enjoy this year’s festival, with kites and music to stun or serenade! We spoke to about 150 people over the two days at our booth by the Platform, with quizes and ID practice for young and old at our dedicated mini-beach.

Childrens marine life quiz, morecambe kite festival 2016.
Exhibits included egg cases (‘mermaid’s purses’) from common members of the shark family to be found in Morecambe Bay. The star being the egg case of a ‘common skate’ – sadly now approaching extinction (there are fewer skate left than giant pandas). A reminder that while the Bay is no longer an open sewer, only though continuing efforts to conserve, protect and preserve our marine heritage will our children see evidence of these sea giants that our grandparents considered commonplace…

A big thank-you to everyone who dropped by, and all those who helped out with activities and on the stall!
Morecambe Bay Kite Festival, 16-17 July 2016

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World Ocean Day at Freeport Fleetwood

June 24th, 2016

Thanks to everybody who made the recent World Oceans day at Freeport Fleetwood such a success. Trawls in Fleetwood harbour resulted in us finding and identifying nearly 50 species, many of which were available for visitors to Freeport to see, and touch – before being returned safe and unharmed on the Saturday evening! Stars of the event included a European eel, a lobster, a greater pipefish and several species of flatfish.

More from this event on That’s Lancashire TV (via YouTube):

Posted in Conservation, Events, Marine science update, Shore walks

Congratulations Betty!

May 31st, 2016

We are very pleased to report that Betty Green, a long time supporter of the group, has been awarded the The Wildlife Trusts’ Marsh Volunteer Award in recognition of her outstanding and demonstrable contributions to marine conservation. I cannot think of a person more deserving of this award!
Further details: Volunteer marine conservationist wins prestigious award

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