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disc contains the British Marine Life Study Society web pages and other
wildlife information (some not available through the web site). This was
a limited distribution copy because of technical difficulties and the the
next CD-ROM to be produced will be the Glaucus 2002 CD-ROM.
of the availability of the new disc will be available to British Marine
Life Study Society members as soon as possible.
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.
26 February 2002
a few days of gales, Goose Barnacles, Lepas anatifera, have
been washed ashore on the shores of Cornwall and south Wales and probably
1991, a small Boar Fish was caught by a fisherman off south Cornwall and
spent several years in Mevagissey Aquarium.
Capros aper, was brought
up in a net set for Red Mullet,
surmulatus, at 12 metres off the island of Guernsey in the Channel
Islands. The Boar Fish
is rarely caught because it is small (59 grams and a total length of 153
mm) and escapes the nets and because it usually lives at greater depths
than most nets are set. The same fisherman caught a Tadpole
Fish, Raniceps raninus,
the day before. This latter fish is widely distributed but solitary for
most of its life so again it is rarely caught.
Sussex Record of a Boar Fish
massive stranding of between
120 and 150 Common Dolphins, Delphinus delphis, occurred on
the beach at Pleubian on the Côtes d'Armor, Bretagne (Britanny),
on the English Channel (le Manche) coast of northern France.
stranding occurred at 3:00 pm just before the low spring tide.
Dolphin Identification Notes
to people who witnessed the event on this sandy shore, the first dolphin
beached itself followed by its congeners.
This prompted a rescue by the Fire Brigade, the Police and the public who
were able to help 20 of the unfortunate dolphins and actually lift them
up and put them back into the water. Unfortunately despite strenuous efforts
48 dolphins perished, but about 90 survived.
reason for the stranding is not known but the topography of the bay and
the large tidal range were probably contributory.
Numbers for Stranded Cetaceans
Stranding Exercises in Scotland
Divers Marine Life Rescue
a week of gales, the Mantis Shrimp illustrated
was discovered on the tideline at Calshot Spit, Hampshire. It is probably
Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group - members only)
Gull investigating a dead Harbour Porpoise as a food source
Blackrock Sounds, northern Cardigan Bay, north Wales
by Kelvin Jones
Phocoena phocoena, was
washed up dead on Blackrock Sands near Morfa Bychan near Portmadoc in north
Wales. This itself is not a particular unusual event in view of the hundreds
of dolphins washed up dead on English Channel coasts. Porpoises are common
in the north of Cardigan Bay and used to get caught up in fixed nets before
the fishery was halted.
Gull feeding on the carcass on 10
by Chris Galvin
this porpoise was graced by a visit by an Ivory
eburnea, an nearly all-white Arctic species
which may have been blown further south by the recent storms. This gull
is a very rare vagrant to Wales and England.
on the Surfbirds News Page
species recorded in Great Britain
reports of stranded cetaceans for Cornwall reached 45 this year.
numbers of dolphins are washed up dead on the French coast with reports
of about 300 deaths. The French newspapers showed the dolphin carcasses
piled up high on the beach.
(In previous years the numbers
have been recorded at 26.)
batter the coasts of Britain, coinciding with exceptionally high tides,
resulting in localised flooding, with the strongest winds across lowland
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PAGE (LINK TO)
for discussion about the marine life of the North-east Atlantic Ocean,
including the North Sea, English Channel and all the seas around the British
Isles including Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands,
Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal.
page can be used by members to report finds, ask questions, queries over
identification, concerns about environmental issues etc. This eForum is
participated in by members of many groups studying the marine environment.
Go to menu bar above and click on Database and then on Marine Life Organisations
to find a list of web sites.
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the month of January all Smart Groups
were disrupted by a "Denial
of Service" attack but by the beginning of February all services seem
to be back to normal.
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)
ANGLESEY. SATURDAY 13th APRIL
nearly 10 years, the Coelenterate Society returns to the shores of the
Menai Strait and the School of Ocean Sciences at Menai Bridge, Anglesey.
You are warmly invited to attend and to present your current Coelenterate
research interests, however broad. New postgraduate students are
especially invited to come along and give posters and papers at this
friendly and informal meeting.
intend to offer a one day meeting of 20 or 30 minute verbal presentations
on Saturday 13th April 2002,
and space will be provided for poster presentations for viewing over tea
and coffee. Proceedings will probably begin at 10.30
am. The Ocean Science Lecture Theatre is medium
sized and has facilities for 35 mm slides, overhead projection, video projection
lunch will be available in the quayside Liverpool Arms.
priced accommodation is available in Menai Bridge within walking distance
of the School of Ocean Sciences, at either the Liverpool Arms (Tel 01248
712453), The Victoria Hotel (01248 712309), Anglesey Arms Hotel (01248
712305) or at a variety of bed and breakfast which can be booked through
the North Wales Tourist Board (Tel 01248 713177). Anglesey
is easily reached from the M6 by the A55 (car parking is no problem), and
by rail from Crewe. The London - Euston rail service should take
under 3.5 hours, and Menai Bridge is a short taxi ride from the station.
details of the School of Ocean Sciences at the University of Wales Bangor,
and how to find us are available from the World Wide Web at
would be grateful if you could return the attached response slip by email
or post by 15th March 2002
to indicate your interest. Please feel free to pass on this invitation
to your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you in Menai Bridge!
Turner, Simon Davy, and Leonie Salmon.
Royal Irish Academy
Committee for Biology
21 & 22 March
The Intertidal System
objective of the Seminar is to bring together the knowledge in Ireland
on the functions and value of the intertidal region. Particular emphasis
will be placed on our uses of the system and its economic and scientific
potential. The Seminar, while establishing the extent of our present knowledge,
also seeks to identify the gaps in our understanding and the critical research
areas for the future. We will tie this in with a workshop bringing together
the Seminar participants, including experts from USA and Europe. The Seminar
is aimed at managers, economists and educationalists as well as the scientific
submissions are especially welcome. Contributions will be considered for
publication in Proceedings (500 word limit). Please send an abstract by
15 February to firstname.lastname@example.org
(01) 6762570 Fax: (01) 6762346
the full programme of events , please visit the web pages (on-line) by
clicking on this text
registration forms herepdf
help, see "what is a
Life Talks 2002
marine life - Ken Collins
shores - Roger Herbert
with salt water - Ken Collins
reefs - Antony Jensen
whales & dolphins - Andy Williams
history underwater - Nick Flemming
Science Week 2002
Deep to Mountains High
with salt water
Ken Collins, School of Ocean and Earth Science
and the ocean floor
Martin Sinha, School of Ocean and Earth Science
like it lukewarm: the private life of animals at Deepsea Vents
Jon Copley, School of Ocean and Earth Science
Hall, James Rennell Division
Rennell to robots revisited
Gwyn Griffiths, Ocean Engineering Division
bustling life on a coral reef
Alexander Mustard, George Deacon Division
Mid Palaeozoic: climatic extremes and life crises
John Marshall, School of Ocean and Earth Science
welcome, entry by free ticket only. Children under 12 must be
by a responsible adult. Please send s.a.e. to:
Daphne Woods at SOES, Southampton Oceanography Centre, Southampton SO14
the DATE, TITLE of the TALK, and NUMBER of tickets required. Entrance to
Southampton Oceanography Centre is through Dock Gate 4, please ask for
a map if required. Free parking on site, wheelchair access and facilities
for those with disabilities.
further information contact Daphne on 023 8059 5075 or
pm Volvo Ocean Adventure: science, education and yacht racing
Simon Boxall, School of Ocean and Earth Science
event is at Southampton Oceanography Centre, Dockside Campus of Southampton
University. Simon is going to give a talk on his research which is
essentially sampling the world oceans done in association with the
Ocean Yacht Race. The talk is at 2:00 pm and repeated at 3:00 pm.
At the same time we are giving tours of the SOC and a chance for the public
to talk to scientists and look at some of the work going on here.
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. The logos for the various organisations have been removed to
reduce the size of this file.
NOW AVAILABLE WITH THE CD-ROM
Creatures of the
DIRECTORY OF THE MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING
by C. Howson and B. Picton
Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
£27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an
ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically
according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography.
The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful
on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up
a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification
available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for
professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities
for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)
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.
Cockle Cerastoderma glaucum
Cockle and Glasswort
survey (1997) has rediscovered the Lagoon
Cockle, Cerastoderma glaucum, at Widewater
Lagoon, (TQ 202 043), West
Sussex, which resembles the Common Cockle,
Cerastoderma edule, but has a much thinner shell and is only to be
found in brackish water. The cockle is widely distributed in Europe but
the lagoons in which it lives are threatened by development, including
new sea defences. This is the case at Widewater where the Environment Agency
want to erect a new shingle bank which may prevent seawater percolating
through the shingle and altering the ecology
of the lagoon. Most of the saltings were removed in the lower Adur
valley by reclamation of the land, a process called innings,
which turned them into grazing land with freshwater drainage ditches.
to MarLIN Biological Information on the Lagoon Cockle
notes on the Lagoon Cockle
on the album for more links (On-line link)
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