In June 1992, over 150 Heads of States signed the Convention on Biological Diversity at Rio de Janeiro. They did so to express a shared belief that action must be taken to halt the worldwide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources.

World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Events will occur all around the world on and around this day.

Photographs of the Adur 2000 WOD Festival by Ray Hamblett (Lancing)


World Oceans Day Exhibition
Saturday 3 June 2000   10 am – 4.00 pm

Shoreham-by-Sea,  West Sussex

Adur will be one of the leaders in the United Kingdom when it presents an Exhibition celebrating the official World Oceans Day. The event will take place on Saturday 3 June 2000 in Shoreham-by-Sea, on Coronation Green (TQ 216050), adjacent to the footbridge over the River Adur, with the start of the Adur Festival. You are invited to participate, or just come along on the day.

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Len Nevell (BMLSS) showing a Shore Crab to Katherine Hamblett (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)Education about the Oceans

The object of the exhibition is to provide information about the oceans. Monteum Ltd of Shoreham will present a display of live creatures, lobsters, crabs, shellfish etc. from the English Channel which the youngsters (and older people as well) can have a close look at and have their questions answered by Jim Partridge and other experts.

There will activities for the younger children, like colouring, face painting and competitions (please enquire for details) to make it a fun day out for all of the family.

An Art and Sculpture Display inspired by the weird and wonderful creatures that live beneath the waves will add a new dimension to the show.

Shoreham-by-Sea on World Oceans Day 2000 (Pen Picture)


The Old Schoolhouse will hold a fête called “Becalmed” on theme of the "Oceans" with sideshows and refreshments.

If you read this web page as the Secretary of a club or organisation, we would be grateful if you could announce the exhibition to the members at a meeting, with our contact telephone numbers and Email addresses.

Interior of the Adur WOD Marquee (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)Opportunities for Contributions

There is also an opportunity for anybody with an interest in the oceans to contribute towards the World Oceans Day Exhibition. This can be a variety of ways from the display of school projects on the oceans, to public display of works of art on the ocean theme, photographs of ocean life &/or sea birds, shingle flora, or anything else you can think of. If you just want to be part of the show, there are activities requiring helpers. A marquee will be provided for undercover events and shelter.

 A permanent display will also be held in the Civic Centre Foyer for the duration of the Adur Festival. There is also display space for Ocean Projects on the Internet.

We would appreciate it if you could indicate the size and nature of the display you wish to put on and let us know if you wish to participate before 3 May 2000.

If you are interested and want to know more, please reply.


Natalie Brahma-Pearl  (Adur District Council, Environmental Services)
Tel:  01273 263 347

Louise Durrant (Adur Festival)  Tel:  01273 263 163

Neil Mitchell and John Knight (Countryside Management Unit, West Sussex County Council)
David Wood (BMLSS)
Sandra Wright (Old Schoolhouse)
Teresa Martin (Art Director)

Andy Horton
British Marine Life Study Society

Tel:  01273 46 5433
Fax:  none

Andy Horton from the TV programme Animal Country with the BMLSS Patron Dr Desmond Morris and Sarah Kennedy


Coronation Green                                                                            3 June 2000 


A fascinating display of large Lobsters, Edible Crabs, Spider Crabs, Fish and Molluscs from the English Channel presented by Jim Partridge of Monteum Ltd / La Poissonerie, Brighton Road, Shoreham-by-Sea.

Guess the Weight of the Lobster Form

Aquaria in the Adur WOD Marquee (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)ROCK POOL AQUARIUM

In the rock pools and between the tides all around the shores of the world, an attractive mixture of sea anemones, small fish, crabs and molluscs spend their lives. This British Marine Life Study Society display will present the smaller inhabitants of the Sussex coast. 

Bullhead in the Aquaria in the Adur WOD Marquee (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)


This informative display contains the seashells and other animal remains often washed up on the strandline. It will also include a Computer Quiz and other computer resources.

Yellow-headed Poppy. Water Colour by Audrey Chapman (Shoreham)


In June the perfume of the shingle plants graces Shoreham Beach. This will be just one of several photographic and information displays on the marine environment. 

Stuffed Seagull provided by Willows First School, Lancing

The RSPB will provide photographs and information on SEA & SHORE BIRDS. Willows First school, Lancing will show illustrations by children at their first school. 


Steve Savage of the Sea Watch Foundation (formerly the Cetacean Society) will be presenting an interactive display about the whales and dolphins that live in the seas around the British Isles.

Sea Watch Foundation (UK Mammal Society Cetacean Group) BMLSS Information Page


Teresa Martin will exhibit a display of wildlife sculpture. 


Tasting of fish found around the world by Melanie Blunden (Blunden's Fish 'n Chips)

Southern Water

Plans for the new Secondary Biological Filtration Sewage Treatment Works planned for Shoreham Harbour will be displayed by Southern Water.
Link to Bathing Water Quality in the South-east of England

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Biodiversity for the Aquarist & Rockpooler
Shoreham Harbour Page


References to the Biodiversity Earth Summit (1992):

Biodiversity Challenge
an agenda for conservation in the UK
2nd Edition
ISBN 0 903138 80 8

Biodiversity: the UK Action Plan
(January 1994)
ISBN  0-10-124282-4

Grid References & Maps on the Web

World Oceans Day
(British Isles page)
British Marine Life 

Study Society

Adur Valley


British Marine Life Study Society Index
News 2000
Diary 2000
WOD 99
AWOD Slide Show 1999-2000


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