Moral & Aesthetic Reasons
"The moral and aesthetic reasons for conserving
are less tangible but of great importance. We conserve species and habitats
because they are beautiful or because they otherwise enrich our lives.
The culture of a nation is closely allied to its landscapes and wildlife.
The moral argument adds to this perspective the view that we should hand
on to the next generation an environment no less rich than the one we ourselves
inherited. We believe that a culture which encourages respect for wildlife
and landscapes is preferable to one that does not".
Biodiversity: the UK Action Plan
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The second Shorewatch Newsletter for 1999 was
sent out to members on 24 March 1999.
The third Shorewatch Newsletter has been delayed
because of a computer printer breakdown.
In 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
by Bryan Vallance
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
other 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
the same Earth Summit Convention, they chose 8th June each year as World
Oceans Day. Events will occur all around the world at this time of the
year. The Adur representation to raise public awareness about the oceans
includes the Exhibition organised by the British Marine Life Study Society.
Exhibition & Official Links
is open exhibition and anybody is entitled to contribute artwork, photographs
and factual information on marine life.
Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "World Oceans Day 99" in
the title of the message.
for the Aquarist & Rockpooler
Marine Biological Information in the Electronic Age
Marine Life Information Network (British Isles)
Centre covers many aspects of the coastal zone, which include coastal flora
and fauna, marine and inter-tidal archaeology, coastal defence and particularly
coastal instability issues.
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Reports 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.
20 May 1999
The first Dolphins
of the year were seen off Rottingdean, east of Brighton, Sussex. A pod
of 4 were seen from the promenade swimming west towards Brighton.
Moon Jellyfish, Aurelia aurita,
swarming in thousands in Shoreham Harbour, Sussex. This jellyfish is common
and widespread throughout the oceans of the world and is common all around
the coast of Britain. It would not deserve a special comment if they had
been recorded regularly at this location before - they had been for about
years, but not in so many numbers. It seems a good year of all species
of jellyfish around Britain with records of the venomous Lions' Mane Jellyfish,
capillata from Scotland in larger numbers this year.
Sea Hares, Aplysia punctata, have
been reported in large numbers from just off the Dorset coast (Jane
Lilley), near Portland harbour on the
Dorset coast (Bob Alexander) and
Saline Bay in Guernsey, Channel Islands (Richard
Lord). All reports of this genus of molluscs
are of interest. It will not be until next month that we will know if it
is a year of abundance for this sea hare that dies after spawning on the
shore and in shallow water.
16 May 1999
A pod of 5 Killer
Whales, Orcinus orca, were observed about 5 miles south of Sumburgh
head, the most southerly point of the Shetland Isles.
Wildlife News Web Site
7 May 1999
A small (about 3 metres long) baleen
whale (suborder Mysticeti)
was washed up dead under the cliff near Kimmeridge,
Dorset. The species has not been identified. Although dolphins have been
known to be stranded on Dorset shores, whale strandings are very
rare this far up the English Channel. The whale was stranded about a couple
of miles to the east of Kimmeridge Beach. This isolated part of the beach
is only accessible without wading at low spring tides. The whale can be
seen from the top of the cliff.
Report by Kim Taylor (Guildford)
4 May 1999
A 2779 gram (2.779 kg.) female Eagle
Ray, Myliobatis aquila, was caught by trawl in 15 metres
of water at about 2000 hours on Schole bank, off Guernsey, Channel Islands,
English Channel. The bank is composed of broken shell and sand.
The Eagle Ray was caught with blonde rays, brill
and a few lesser spotted dogfish.
The Eagle Ray had a wing span of 585 mm and a
total length of 956 mm. The body length (tip of snout to origin of tail)
was 330 mm.
The stomach and spiral valve contained two small
squat lobsters, one hermit crab, and pieces of scallop shell. The
liver weighed 150 grams and the ray weighed 2384 grams gutted.
The Eagle Ray is a summer migrant to the English
A Walrus, Odobenus
rosmarus rosmarus was seen hauled out on rocks in County Mayo, Ireland
for six hours. Lying within 100 metres of the busy coastal road and spotted
as a "rock that moved", the resting walrus finally disappeared at dusk.
There have been several walrus sightings at sea off County Donegal in recent
winters, and a couple of walruses were reported to have been seen by surfers
in Killala Bay in December. A dead walrus was found in County Kerry in
The Walrus is an Arctic species and is rarely
seen even off Scotland and the Shetland Isles.
The World Record
Helicolenus dactylopterus, was caught by
Meyer (Sweden) outside Trondheim from the island Hitra, off the
Norwegian coast. It weighed 1495 grams. The Bluemouth is rather common
in deep Norwegian waters. In the south of Norway, outside Langesund
there have been several catches.
Addition to an earlier Report:
17 April 1999
1000+ protestors lined the chalk cliffs at Telscombe
Cliffs, near Brighton, Sussex, at plans by Southern Water to build
a huge sewage works that would destroy a valuable chalk cliff-edge wildlife
site and threaten the prominent 30 metres high chalk cliffs a designated
SSSI site because of its national geological importance.
Friends of the Earth SSSI Navigator
URL to find the SSSIs throughout Britain
Subsequent research seems to indicate that some sort of sea defence
work will be necessary to protect the cliffs and that the impeded view
from the sea of the sewage works would not be appreciably more. Ecological
change will occur to the chalk wave-cut platform, but this will not necessarily
be detrimental. AH.
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The Marine Life Forum is for observations
and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should
be EMailed to:
Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of
Aquaria with seaweed and
from the Norwegian coast
Hello Andy Horton.
(I hope you understand my spellings. I guarantee you that my aquarium
knowlege is a great deal better than my English knowlege)
I have visited your web:
I am delighted to finely have found a person that has an aquarium with
animals from a Temperate Zone. I have only found tropical stuff.
I like to present to you this picture of my aquarium with seaweed's
and animals from the Norwegian coast.
We have succeeded with seaweed in a closed aquarium system. Do you have
any experience, or do you have knowlege of others with seaweed in the aquarium?
My tank holds 260 litres of sea water.
Are you able to get me in contact with people that shear our interest.
This was many questions, but I really would appreciate an answer from
No special inclusions this month.
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part time certificate in Higher Education in Marine
Biology commencing September 1999 at Nottingham
Meeting on Thursdays 19.00 to 22.00.
Assessment is by course work. The course carries
120 University credits (Level 1) which is the equivalent to the 1st year
of a degree. There are no formal entry requirements, just an interest in
the subject. The course modules will cover:
Life on the seashore
Life in the sea
The diversity of life
The animal kingdom
The ecology of the sea
Exploitation and conservation of the marine environment.
The contact for a leaflet, details, etc is Heather
Blackburn on 0115 951 3734,
or try URL= http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cont-ed.
The fees are quite high since the government removed
subsidies but reducable for low income earners.
Sue Daly produces a Creature
Feature every month on her web site.
We had orginally planned to bring this service to our members.
However, as Sue is already producing this series, I have decided to devote
my energies to producing other information.
Featured Species Trial DataBase: Starry
Clover, Trifolium stellatum
The BMLSS will
be presenting the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS
DAY on 8 June 1999.
Print photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House from March 1999. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
However, if you have a large selection of your
own photographs, I would suggest that you should arrange your own exhibitions
at a Local Library or similar venue. We will help to advertise the event.
Oceans Day: Details of the BMLSS Exhibitions:
Society World Oceans Day page
the title above
This 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.
Even 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 Cards. The 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. Transparency photographs are the best choice of film
but these cannot be transferred to the web pages at the present time, but
these will be suitable in the future.
plant of shingle and waste ground)
by David Wood (Shoreham Beach)
Computer sytem still requires a Motherboard + CPU chip as a replacement.
It will need to be a Pentium 60 or faster with standard components (not
Compaq or other non-standard machines). If anybody is able to help, I would
like to hear from them. We also need a mono laser printer, or even a broken
Hewlett Packard 5L or 6L may be suitable for spare parts.
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