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Events open to the public, free or for a nominal charge only are included.
Most Seminars need to be booked in advance
Conservation Society Dives Link 2000
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
mainly like to bring to your attention the Ocean Watch element of the event.
As part of this we will be holding lectures on the evenings of Friday 28th,
Saturday 29th and the afternoon of Sunday 30th July.
talks will take place at the Civic Centre (near Southampton Central station).
On Sunday 30 July 2000 at 12:00 pm Andy Horton will present his talk
entitled "Life on the
Marquee and other events will be at Mayflower Park.
you have any questions or require further details, please contact me on
023 8083 2906 or send an EMail.
Floor, Frobisher House
Bay Rockpool Rambles
Wembury Marine Centre Tel: 01752 862538
from Devon Wildlife Trust Tel: 01392 279244.
for 12 October 2000
Life Course in Sussex
Dr Gerald Legg (Booth Museum)
Wildlife: Introduction to Identification
In conjunction with the University
of Sussex, Dr Gerald Legg at the Booth Museum of Natural History will be
running a marine wildlife course in the autumn.
Venue: Booth Museum
of Natural History, 194, Dyke Road, Brighton BN1 5AA
Sessions: 10 plus field
Day and time: Thursdays
7-30 to 9-30 p.m.
Cost: £50 normal;
£20 retired and unwaged
Contact & further details:
Dr Gerald Legg. Tel. (01273) 292777
fax (10273) 292778
NOW for 29 September
- 1 October
The Marine Conservation Society Yorkshire
Coast Group has organised a course for anyone wanting to know more about
the plants and animals to be found on the shore.
The lecturers are Dr Sue Hull (Scarborough
College) and Bob Briggs.
Bookings are now being taken for the
Marine Life Identification Course which will be held over the weekend of
29 September - 1 October at Boggle Hole (NZ 954040), near Robin Hood's
Bay. This will be the third year that this ever popular course has
been run. With a limit of 25 places, early booking is advised.
and Booking Details (click on this text)
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.
of the Page
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.
Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata, was
observed between the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall, from the ferry "Scillonian".
Smith's One-List/Cornish Wildlife
SW (Cornwall Wildlife Trust web pages)
Whale washed up on the Dorset coast in 1999 (link)
dead Sperm Whale, Physeter macrocephalus,
is washed up in the outer Thames estuary, on the north Kent coast at Warden
Point. The 50 tonne whale had been dead for a young time. Sperm Whales
are rare in the North Sea.
pod of over 30 White-sided
Dolphins, Lagenorhynchus acutus,
were chasing herring during a fishing competition off north-east Unst in
the Shetland Isles, and a pod of about 25 White-sided Dolphins and a Minke
Whale were seen off Hermaness (Unst). Another pod of 20 White-sided Dolphins
were at the north end of Lerwick Harbour in the morning.
Isles (link for marine news only) which
also includes Killer Whale, Orca reports.
Porbeagle Sharks, Lamna nasus, have been spotted cruising by
the south west Casquets bank north of Guernsey, Channel Islands, leisurely
robbing long-lines set for Bass by biting the fish in half, with gapes
of about 12 cm in the prey.
large Leatherback Turtle, Dermochelys
coriacea, was discovered dead, entangled in the nets of a fishing boat
a couple of miles off Plymouth in the English Channel. The turtle was nearly
2 metres in the length and was estimated to weigh about 150 kg (300-400
Leatherback Turtle, 2 metres long, was reported by Brixham Coastguards
swimming strongly on 5 July 2000.
It was seen a quarter mile off Start Point, Devon.
is the third one in Cornish seas in 10 days - the first was off the Runnelstone.
by Stella Turk
pair of Humpback Whales, Megaptera
novaeangliae were seen off Sumburgh Head, the most southerly headland
of the Shetland Isles. they were seen around the same time last
IMPACT ON THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT
has been received about the proposed use of a chitin-inhibiting insecticide
on farmed salmon cages in Scottish seas.
is the main component of the exoskeleton of all crustaceans.
Teflubenzuron File (insecticide)
Under Sea Wind (BMLSS)
Wide Fund for Nature (Global Toxics)
Marine Nature Conservation Review (JNCC) Report Forms
Information Page (with links to their web page)
Marine Life Forum is for observations and discussion items. The information
of interest of other readers should be EMailed to:
and marked "Forum" in the title of the message.
photographs on the web site are copyright protected
Picton, B.E. and Costello
M. J. (editors). 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats,
fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. Environmental Sciences Unit,
Trinity College, Dublin. ISBN 0 9526 735 4 1
Copies are available on
EcoServe, 17 Rathfarnham
Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Ireland.
Fax + 353-1-492 5694. Email
They cost £10 + £2
P & P (standard economy rate).
The Variety of Life: A Survey and a
Celebration of all the Creatures that have ever lived, by
ISBN 0-19-850311-3 £35.00 (Oxford University
Press, March 2000)
This book is certainly recommended
to have a look at, and is especially interesting for its discussions on
higher taxonomy in the light of current thinking and scientific research
which may be different from the older books. The phylogentic flow charts
are also a good feature. Whether it is worth the money for an addition
to your Library may depend on what other books you already have in it.
It is packed with information and discussion and there are no colour photographs.
My main criticism of the
book is the design. The flow charts suit it to a larger page format. Also,
the arrangement of the text on the page could be improved to make it an
easier read. I would regard it as an essential book for the Public Library.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
Sue Daly produces
a Creature Feature
every month on her web site.
OF THE CHANNEL ISLANDS
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.
BMLSS presented the Annual Photographic Exhibition to celebrate
WORLD OCEANS DAY on 8
A similar exhibition is planned
for the year 2001.
photographs should be sent in to Glaucus
House. They could also be used on the BMLSS web sites.
Poppy (a seaside plant)
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: BMLSS Exhibitions (Slide Show)
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
Goby caught in the River Medina, Isle of Wight
by Luke Richards
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. They should not exceed 100K in
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).
ARE INVITED FOR THE BMLSS WEB SITE FOR 2000
SITE PAGE LINKS
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FULL MEMBERS 1999/2000
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with 52 information filled pages has been sent out to members.
Thank you for renewing your
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web pages and more information about marine life, together with a selection
of other exclusive marine life information, electronic back copies of BMLSS
publications, and the full version of TORPEDO
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the other BMLSS Electronic Information Services. The CD-ROM will also contain
useful shareware and freeware programs, and should be at least as good
value as a computer magazine CD-ROM for the second aspect alone.
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