Electronic News Service June 2000 ISSN 1464-8156
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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
World 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. World Oceans Day offers the opportunity for people to join in with others to increase the understanding of the wildlife of the oceans and the marine environment.
Saturday 3 June 10.00 - 4.00
World Oceans Day Event,
Seashore Safari at St. Agnes Beach, Cornwall
(prompt start) to 2 pm.
Sunday 4 June 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Cast off 6:00 pm (until 9:00 pm) from Smugglers' Cottage, Tolverne, Truro, Cornwall (SW 845 402)
SPECIAL BOAT CHARTER BY THE CORNWALL WILDLIFE TRUST FOR WORLD OCEANS DAY
A flood-tide boat trip enabling us to explore the River Fal and its creeks looking at the wealth of wildlife which inhabits this unspoilt piece of coastline.
per person, price includes Cornish Pasty (choice of fillings - steak, cheese
or vegetable), soft drinks etc, optional extras.
Sunday 4 June 10.00 - 4.00
(prompt start) to 4 pm.
Organised by the Helford Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.
Saturday 3 June 11.00 - 3.00
(prompt start) to 3 pm.
have the pirates hidden the treasure? Get your map and clues from
the Centre to help in your hunt. Along the way discover some amazing
marine facts and discover Mortehoe's treacherous history.
Please wear suitable clothing for outdoor activities.
Directions: take the A361 from the M5 to Barnstaple and then on to Ilfracombe. Mortehoe is sign-posted from the A361 at Mullacott Cross just before Ilfracombe. By car it should take no more than half an hour from Barnstaple.
Full address is: Mortehoe
Sunday 4 June 10.00 - 4.00
A day of exhibitions, videos and activities to introduce you to life in the sea and how you can protect it. Touch pools in the Visitor Centre will allow close views of sea creatures all day. A rockpool ramble will set off from outside the centre at 11.00.
Visitor Centre is at TA 230695 (OS Sheet 101 Scarborough & Bridlington).
From Bridlington ring road take B1255 for Flamborough. At the village pass the church on the right. There is then a sharp left hand bend. Turn right on this bend, then right again in about 20m at small crossroads. Continue for about 1 km to car park at end which is adjacent to the centre.
We will probably include
two locally produced videos, one about the exploration of a wreck off theYorkshire
coast and one about the Marine Conservation Society's local group study
of Filey Brigg marine life.
For World Oceans Day (and week!) we will be running the following marine wildlife tours in SHETLAND:
Isle of Man
Manx Wildlife Trust
World Oceans Day 2000
Marine Conservation Society Dives 2000
28th, 29th and 30th July 2000
The Festival of the Oceans is part of the Gateway to the Oceans event year consisting of the following:
a.. Ocean Watch - This will consist of educational workshops, an inter-active play zone, exhibitions and demonstrations with the aim of raising the awareness of the general public about environmental issues related to protecting our Oceans and the implications of not investing in their future.
a.. World Carnival - The World Carnival will celebrate the City's
multicultural community and key maritime events through history. Examples
of such events include the Empire Windrush docking in Southampton, with
the first immigrants from the Caribbean to the UK, the Pilgrim Fathers
setting sail on The Mayflower, and those myths and legends surrounding
If you have any questions or require further details, please contact me on Tel: 023 8083 2906 or send an EMail.
Devon Wildlife Trust
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Leaflet from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
The 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.
The Whale Watch capital in Iceland is based at Husavik. Sights include Blue Whales, Humpbacks, Orca, Minkes and Sei Whales, dolphins, porpoises, plus Northern Bottle-nosed Whales.
The page for whale and dolphin spotting around Britain has not been prepared yet. If you are interested in marine wildlife, including marine mammals, and are planning a holiday in the UK, especially Scotland, it is work clicking on the image "SeaProbe" and having a look at the page:
Quay Dolphin Monitoring Group, Cardigan Bay, Wales
Porpoises and Whales of the Moray Firth
to Cetaceans from recreation at sea
to Cetaceans from Whale watching operations
22 May 2000
Official Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
The Marine Life Forum is for observations and discussion items. The information of interest of other readers should be EMailed to:
EMail Glaucus@hotmail.com and marked "Forum" in the title of the message.
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The Variety of Life: A Survey and a Celebration of all the Creatures that have ever lived, by Colin Tudge
ISBN 0-19-850311-3 £35.00 (Oxford University
Press, March 2000)
The Spring 2000 MARLIN newsletter was received on 12 April 2000. Almost all the articles can be viewed on their web site:BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
Sue Daly produces
a Creature Feature
every month on her web site.
had originally 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 Web Page:
The BMLSS presented the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate WORLD OCEANS DAY on 8 June 1999.
A similar exhibition is planned
for the year 2000.
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.
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
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Torpedo compiled by Andy Horton 30 May 2000
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