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Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Biodiversity
Conference “Earth Summit” of World Leaders in Rio de Janeiro in
1992. Events will occur all around the world on and around this day.
in other parts of the British Isles are encouraged to organise their own
Day 2001 (Links)
Oceans Day" Smart Group
8, 9, 10 June 2001
events on the 9 June 2001
Oceans Day Events: Plymouth
and partners in Plymouth bring you a weekend of festivities in and around
city to celebrate the wonders of our seas…
to see and do for all!
event…and much, much more!
find us, head for the National Marine Aquarium and the nearby historic
a full programme of events and venues please contact Alison
Parrett at WWF on 01483 412517 or visit our Oceans Recovery
Campaign website: http://www.wwf-uk.org/orca
organised in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust, National
Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Young People's Agenda 21, Plymouth Marine
Laboratory, Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, The Marine
Biological Association of the United Kingdom, The Shark Trust, and University
by South West Marine, Regional Development Agency
public exhibitions on Sat 9th, but Yellow
Submarine and others all weekend.
events include Boat trip up the Yealm, large
diver recording event and Shark evening at the NMA.
(+44)01752 275216 / 01752 600301
our web site http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk
Oceans Day Event: Helford, Cornwall
Search and Marine Mosaics
Voluntary Marine Conservation Area are
organising an event for World Oceans Day this year.
Search and Marine Mosaics"
3rd June 2001, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm.
finds and fun on the beach with HVMCA Education Ranger, Ruth Adams, at
Treath on the South shore of the Helford. Free. Please wear outdoor clothing
and shoes you are prepared to get wet!
in Helford public car park (OS grid ref: SW 759 262)
Ruth on (01326) 241633.
4, Higher Bochym Rural Workshops
Wildlife Trust, Five Acres, Allet, Truro, TR4 9DJ
Tricia Hoskings (01872) 240777
WASH BANKS PROJECT, LINCS.
- Let's go on a World Oceans Day walk
3, 2 pm and 3 pm
pm - Meet at Haven Country Park car park,
Fishtoft for the full four mile walk...
pm - or join the walk at Cut End car park,
Fishtoft for a walk of two miles.
to know more about the history and wildlife of Boston, The Wash and the
sea beyond. Get fit and meet new friends.
need to book.
Doble RSPB (The Boston Wash Banks Project)
References for the two start points (Lincolnshire County Council footpaths
policy not withstanding) are
End Car Park TF380392
area of The Boston Wash Banks combines some of the best of our natural
and built heritage. Vast shimmering salt marshes edge the bird filled mudflats
of The Wash and inland St Botolph's Church spire, "the Stump", towers over
the historic market town of Boston.
big Lincolnshire skies, this open agricultural landscape is protected from
the North Sea by a series of sea banks, The Boston Wash Banks. As part
of an exciting new flood defence project, these banks have been rebuilt
and a new RSPB reserve at Freiston Shore comprising areas of salt marsh,
mudflats and a lagoon is being created.
us on one of our events as we explore this fascinating corner of England's
points for the events are given in the individual entries below.
(01205) 724678 if you need further directions.
of events and booking
otherwise stated all events are free and booking is essential. Call (01205)
morning breakfasts and wholesome lunches
meals can be booked with local pubs after early morning walks and for breaks
during all-day events. Please see entries below and give a weeks notice.
regret that we are unable to accept unaccompanied children on any of our
you have any questions regarding disabled access at any of these events,
please contact the Project Officers on (01205) 724678.
has a main line train station, enquiries 08457 484950. There is no public
transport to Freiston Shore and Frampton Marsh RSPB nature reserves.
conveniences can be found at the Market Place Boston.
open: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesdays and Saturdays 6 am - 6 pm
Sundays and Bank Holidays 10 am - 4 pm
toilets will be available at the Party in the Park event and the Freiston
Shore Open Day.
Tourist Information Centre,
Rooms, Market Place,
Boston Wash Banks Project Officer,
Lincolnshire Wash Office,
House Business Centre,
Horseshoe Lane, Kirton,
and fax: (01205) 724678
attending outdoor events please wear suitable clothing and footwear. We
recommend it is warm and waterproof for the winter, showerproof and sun
blocking in summer. The marsh and sea banks can be muddy throughout the
year so warm, waterproof footwear, with good grip and ankle support is
we have done our best to choose the best sites and times for these guided
walks, the birds and wildlife described in them are wild creatures and
we cannot guarantee that they will perform on demand.
Saturday & Sunday 9-11 June 2001
OCEANS WEEKEND 2001
8 JUNE 2001:
OCEANS DAY LECTURES at the Environment
pm - 8.30 pm
MARINE MAMMALS OF GOWER
pm (12.30 pm US time) LIVE
LINK-UP TO ORCA PROJECT ON US WEST COAST
9 JUNE 2001:
FAMILY FUN DAY at the Environment Centre, Swansea
am - 3.00 pm
GUIDE TO ROCKPOOLING with Howie Watkins
SURFING THE WORLD
and lots more to do and see
10 JUNE 2001:
FAMILY BEACH TRIP at Port Eynon Salthouse Beach on the Gower, SW Wales
FREE BUS LEAVES ENVIRONMENT CENTRE, SWANSEA
pm - 2.00 pm BEACH CLEAN-UP AND SURVEY
pm - 4.00 pm ROCKPOOLING with Howie Watkins and friends
pm - 5.00 pm SAND SCULPTURES
FREE BUS LEAVES PORT EYNON
bus leaves the Environment Centre at 11 am on Sunday returning from Port
Eynon at 5 pm. Seats must be booked in advance. Call (01792) 480200
Environment Centre, Pier Street, Swansea SA1 1RY. Tel: (01792) 480200
Safari at South Landing, Flamborough Head
9 June 1:00 pm:
Safari at South Landing, Flamborough Head,
by members of Marine Conservation Society and Yorkshire
Trust the walk will look at life in the rockpools below the chalk
Meeting point at South Landing Heritage Coast Centre (TA 230694),
mile south of Flamborough Village, three miles north-east of
John Drewett 01969 640544.
Firth, NE Scotland
9th & l0th June
The Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, Spey Bay
Friday To Sunday (10.30-5 p.m.) There will
Exhibitions, Including WDCS 100 foot Long Blue
Model, Bouncy Castles & Children's Activities with Live
Saturday & Sunday. Plus: -
a.m. Celebrate the Seaside World Oceans Day
a.m. and 2.00 p.m. - "A Dolphins Tail" Puppet Theatre
p.m. Dolphin Survey - Slide Talk & 2 hour
Survey Cruise With
p.m. - "A Dolphins Tail" Puppet Theatre
Day Cetacean Shore Watch & Coastal Cruises
a.m. Crab Football Competition
a.m. Slide Presentation By Charlie Phillips
"Dolphins Of The
p.m. Story Telling With Doug Hawkes
p.m. "Save Our Seas" Banner Design Competition
p.m. Slide Presentation By Allan Bantick "Otters"
p.m. Treasure Hunt
p.m. Dolphin Survey - Slide Talk & 2 Hour
Survey Cruise With Research Scientist (£15)
p.m. "A Dolphins Tail" Puppet Theatre
p.m. Evening Barbecue
Cruises All Day
a.m. 10 Mile Sponsored Walk For Whales &
a.m. "A Dolphins Tail" Puppet Theatre
a.m. Beach Clean with the Marine Conservation
p.m. Story Telling
p.m. Whale Stranding Rescue Exercise By B.D.M.L.R.
p.m. Coracle Racing
p.m. "The Moray Coast" Lecture By Doug Hawkes,
p.m. Close of Festival
more information please phone the Moray Firth Wildlife Centre, Tugnet,
Spey Bay on 01343-820339 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Web Site http://www.mfwc.co.uk
Glaucus 2001 CD-ROM will be an improved version of the 2000 issue. This
will not be available until later this year. Members joining with the Premier
Membership (including the CD-ROM) have the option of receiving the current
Glaucus 2000 CD-ROM or to wait for the new version.
of marine wildlife from all around the British Isles, with pollution incidents
and conservation initiatives as they affect the flora and fauna of the
NE Atlantic Ocean.
pair of Mute Swans with six furry cygnets greeted the workers
setting up at the stalls for Adur World Oceans Day, but as the neap
tide ebbed they had disappeared before the start of the event.
day was overcast with brief periods of sun through gaps in the clouds and
short periods of torrential rain that sent people diving for cover in the
plankton blooms are prominent on both sides of the English Channel and
at least as far west as Dorset.
is a minute organism which can reproduce in enormous numbers, and is an
example of the phytoplankton. Phaeocystis 'blooms' are called by
names like Slurry Water and Baccy Juice, and are an annual occurrence off
the Sussex and Kent coasts in May and June. Blooms are also found of other
coasts including the coast of Cornwall. The Sussex species is Phaeocystis
Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group
and a group of & Bottle-nosed Dolphins, Tursiops truncatus,
including a calf, and swam with canoeists for a whole day in 10 metres
of water, chasing sand-eels opposite South Sands and out to Bolt Tail,
Salcombe, south Devon.
Peter Gay and Peter Drelaud caught a red Lobster,
gammarus, off the south east of Jersey, in April. Fisherman Ian Stewart
who caught one in 1971 (this may have come from the English Channel N.J.)
said that he understood the last locally recorded case was 1920. The Lobster
is to be sold to an aquarium.
Sharks have been seen in appreciable numbers off the south Devon
coast. Ten sharks were seen feeding just outside the mouth of the Salcombe-Kingsbridge
in the month there have been reports of up to 24 Basking Sharks of Start
& 3 May 2001
American Ring-necked Duck, Aythya collaris, has been seen
on several occasions on the Loch of Braw (south Mainland) and photographed
by Paul Sclater on the Loch of Tingwall on the Shetland Isles.
British Marine Life Study Society web pages were not available on 27 April
2001 for technical reasons.
web pages are available for permanent reference on the CD-ROM.
Homepage can now be accessed by typing in:
cannot be accessed directly through this domain.
URL access was faulty during the last month, but it has now been restored.
send any reports of missing links and images to: Glaucus@hotmail.com
chronological order, the most recent events are at the top of the page.
Events open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included.
Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
Conference Calendar for Zoology
Link of all biological conferences around the world)
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
deep coral reefs
on our doorstep
Williams & Jenny Mallinson
'coral ' maerl
past and present
of inner space
For more information, contact:
Tel: 023 80 596299
to Southampton Oceanography Centre
of Ocean and Earth Science
on the Dolphin links to a BMLSS Cetacean
web page on the Internet for links to dolphin watching sites in the
NE Atlantic Ocean and around the British Isles as well links for lots of
whale and dolphin reports.
Whale watching information was included in previous issues of Torpedo,
but the bulletin has now been streamlined to avoid repetition.
Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio
de Janeiro in 1992. 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 FAYRE 2001
MARINE LIFE DISPLAYS
2 June 2001
World Oceans Day Fayre on Coronation Green,
presented the world of the oceans both to the uninitiated with plenty to
interest the experienced
were treated to the popular hands-on supervised display of the smaller
marine life, together with a variety of colouring and interactive activities.
were on hand to answer questions and there were displays of underwater
photography, sea birds, shingle plants, seashells and remains
washed up on the strandline, and information about whales, dolphins
2001 web page:
to 15 June 2001
Civic Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
Adur Exhibition will celebrate the varied wildlife of the lower
Adur Valley including the whole of the Adur District.
display will contain a collection of photographs and information on the
undersea world of the English Channel and the Sussex seashore.
Horton, British Marine Life Study Society, Tel: 01273 465433.
Brahma-Pearl, Adur World Oceans Day Tel: 01273 263347
of the Page
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
Environment and Planning
Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
THE DISCUSSION GROUP ABOUT MARINE FISHKEEPING
ON THE LINK IN THE ABOVE BOX AND JOIN
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Smart Groups (selected)
of the Page
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
to the NE Atlantic Marine Birds Portfolio
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
is a simple project or request to members and readers of this Bulletin.
It is to take pictures of the coast when you are next down on the shore.
general views have value, but ideally we would like photographs of the
shore showing the type of rock, topography and rock pools, dominant fauna,
and information that cannot be described adequately by words on the Report
name of the particular coast should be included and the grid reference,
if known. Print photographs can be included in Exhibitions
and on the BMLSS Web Sites and electronic publications. Electronic images
in *.JPG format can also be considered for the web site. They should not
exceed 100K in size.
LINKS TO OTHER SITES
British Marine Life Study Society Web Site has been included as an Encyclopaedia
Britannica Recommended Site and included on the BBC
On-line Internet Guide.
are more entries on the GATEWAY pages of the BMLSS
Web Site and on the Torpedo File on the
web site (click on this text).
SPONSORS ARE INVITED
FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2001
SITE PAGE LINKS
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