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Strategy Framework Directive Consultation: UK Initial Assessment and proposals
for Good Environmental Status The
EU Directive requires Member States to take measures to achieve or maintain
Good Environmental Status (GES) for their seas by 2020.
GES involves protecting the marine environment, preventing its deterioration
and restoring it where practical, while using marine resources sustainably.
consultation ends on 18 June 2012.
stranded by the receding equinoctial spring tide, this Lesser
cirrhosa, was high and dry at Llandudno
on the north Wales coast.. I dug a shallow depression underneath it which
filled with water, allowing it to breath. Initially the pupil was almost
closed, but got larger after about ten minutes.
was amazed how it could change colour and shape, and the feeling of the
tentacles gripping my fingers was quite strange. Anyway, after a brief
photoshoot, I'm happy to say she was free to carry on chasing crabs
major gas leak from the Elgin platform, 150 miles off Aberdeen, has
and continues to pollute the North Sea with a sheen of of gas condensate,
and measuring six nautical miles in length. Total
E&P UK Limited believes the leak is coming from a rock formation
above the main reservoir, at a depth of 4,000 metres.
the second British mainland record of the or sea slater Dynamene
magnitorata was discovered at
Cornwall, by David
very small (male > 6 mm) isopod was found on the side of a small
covered rock, in a middle
shorerockpool at Chimney Rocks just west
of the Jubillee Pool. This is a southern species
known from around the Channel Islands. There is a close species, the dull
bidentata found amongst barnacles
on the lower shore, mostly on the western coasts of the British Isles.
arctus, caught in a creel off Salcombe,
south Devon, was returned alive. "These small
clawless lobsters are a range extension species and seem to be spreading
into British waters. This is about 35th I have records of and I should
appreciate any other reports. This was an ovigerous female and most females
found over the last eight years have been "in berry".
Bearded Seal, Erignathus
barbatus, was seen by lots of people on the beach at Monifieth
(north shore of Firth
of Tay) in the afternoon. Because of the scarcity of visits by this
Arctic seal, it may be the same individual
that was seen hauled out on a dock at Tayport
just after Christmas 2012.
was only a matter of time before Humpback
Whales, Megaptera novaengliae, joined
the feeding activity off Hook
on the south-east coast of Ireland, given the recent run of Fin
in the area. A previously unrecorded Humpback
Whale, was the nineteenth individual recorded
to date in Irish waters.
of Arctic species of gulls
into the Scotland and the north of Ireland and England has been notable
during the coldest month of the year. A rarity was the appearance of a
at Ardglass, County
Down, Northern Ireland. It was seen from the harbour wall at the mouth
of the harbour entrance, found at 3:20 pm,
and viewed until dark. This was the first
Ross's Gull for Northern Ireland in 14 years.
glaucoides,and three Glaucous
hyperboreus, were also noted.
philadelphia, is the American equivalent
of the Black-headed Gull. One
was spotted at Ballygalley,
County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on numerous (over 50) occasions. This
was the first one seen in Northern Ireland since 1998.
decomposed carcass of a long dead whale washed
ashore by the fishermen's huts beneath the cliff at Marwick,
Islands, attracted the arctic gulls
in like a magnet. Iceland Gulls,
hyperboreus, were joined by the far
"With such a large amount of carrion there
is little desire to flee being shown by the birds and at times it was hard
to tell who was drooling the most the feasting gulls or the throng of birders
atop of the adjoining cliff."
juvenile 26.4 cm long Loggerhead
caretta, was discovered alive on the rocks at along Widemouth
Bay on the north coast of Cornwall. This
young ocean traveller was likely to have been washed in by the recent gales.
Reports are rare in all months of the year, but especially so in the first
months of the year when the sea is too cold for their survival around the
Whales, Orcinus orca, are
a regular sight around the Shetland
Islands, feeding on a variety of prey including seals.
A pod of four Killer Whales
kept a crowd of wildlife watchers entranced for hours on a still afternoon,
adult female led one immature whale and two even younger whales from the
south west tip of Shetland at West
Voe round to the east of the islands, swimming up to Sound
of Mousa where they were last seen in the afternoon as it got dark.
Shetland Wildlife tour operator Hugh Harrop
said "the most exciting part of the experience
was observing the two youngest whales
catching small birds, an unusual but not unheard of spectacle. We witnessed
the two young ones turning on a sixpence,
diving and slapping their tails and watched a Long
tailed Duck (or 'Calloo'
hyemalis, come to a bitter end."
two metre long Blue Shark, Prionace
glauca, was washed up alive on to
the beach at West
Bay, Dorset, and hauled back into the water by Jeannette
Longley, but it was found dead on the shore
at Burton Bradstock
young Kemp's Ridley Turtle,
kempii, was discovered on the shore
Bay, near Llantwit
Major, on the south Wales coast. This was the second of these young
discovered dead after the gales since
turtles breed on the coasts of Mexico and are usually found in the Gulf
of Mexico and were thought to have blown across the Atlantic Ocean.
The turtles are likely to have perished in the cold seas.