June 2005
On-line connection to the British Marine Life Study Society web pages
Index for the Torpedo News Bulletins
Link to the forum for marine wildlife of the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas
GATEWAY:  Further European Links
New EMail address
Courses (Marine Life)
Discussion Groups
Marine Information Service
(Marine Life Information Network)
Marine Nature Conservation Review Survey Database
National Biodiversity Gateway
National Biodiversity Network
World Oceans Day
Link to an on-line page for younger students of the seashore. Spider Crab and youngsters at Adur World Oceans Day 2002 (Photograph by Duncan Morrison)
7-14 years

Norwegian Marine***

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Scottish Association for Marine Science

Silver Dolphin Centre, Helston, Cornwall



Monthly electronic news bulletin for the marine life of the NE Atlantic Oceans including the seas and seashore around the British Isles.
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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.

4 June 2005. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adur World Oceans Day
Venue: Coronation Green, New Shoreham
Adur Festival Event
Andy Horton with the BMLSS Marine Aquarium Display (Photograph by Ray Hamblett) Clouds collect over Adur World Oceans Day 2005 on Coronation Green, Shoreham, keeping visitors inside the marquee out of the near gale force winds (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

Despite the overcast day and the near gales that battered the marquee, Adur World Oceans Day 2005 was a success with live animal displays of lobsters, crabs, aquarium displays of sandy shore and rocky shore fauna, the simulated rock pool, marine life photographs (all by the British Marine Life Study Society), the dolphin exhibit (Sea Watch Foundation and helpers), the Sussex Coastal Watch Project (Dee Christensen), strandline touch tables (West Sussex County Council Rural Strategy Unit), vegetated shingle of Shoreham Beach and Widewater Lagoon (Dave and Marion Wood) and the table of the Sussex Ornithological Society (Audrey Wende, with the photograph of the Gull-billed Tern in company of a Black-headed Gull, taken by Stanley Allen of the Shoreham & District Ornithological Society.)
Katherine and Hanna presented a simulated rock pool (Photograph by Ray Hamblett) Simulated Rock Pool at Adur World Oceans Day 2005

The attendance was greater than last year as well and there was a continual stream of visitors for six hours. 
Adur World Oceans Day 2005 Picture Portfolio (by Ray Hamblett)
Steve Savage and Marc Baldwin with the Sea Watch Foundation Dolphin Display (Photograph by Ray Hamblett) Marc Abraham (PETS) with the Octopus (Photograph by Ray Hamblett)

British Marine Life Study Society: Len Nevell helped by Marc Abraham (Priory 
Emergency Treatment Service, PETS), Andy Horton, Peter Talbot-Elsden, Ray, Jan and Katherine Hamblett and Hannah Luff.
Sea Watch Foundation: Steve Savage and his daughter Amber, with helpers including Marc Baldwin (independent).
Andy Horton with the Lobster in the tank (Photograph by Ray Hamblett) David & Marion Wood's Seashore Flora Exhibition

WSCC Rural Strategy Unit: John Knight and Kathy Eels.
Administration assistance: Natalie Brahma-Pearl (Adur District Council and Adur Festival), Neil Mitchell (WSCC Rural Strategy Unit), David Steadman (Shoreham Town Partnership).
Adur Nature Notes (June 2005)

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 world-wide loss of animal and plant species and genetic resources. 
World Oceans Day was first declared as 8th June at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. 
Events occurred all around the world on and around this day. 

21 May - 2 June 2005
On the the low spring tide on the Adur estuary running through Shoreham-by-Sea in West Sussex, the Gull-billed Tern could be easily overlooked or mistaken for a gull as it waddled along the tideline and occasionally on to the mud. With its black head and black legs it had to be distinguished from a Black-headed Gull within a few metres of the tern. At first, the Gull-billed Tern was in the company of a Little Egret and it seemed to be pecking at minute food particles, but after a few minutes it caught a ragworm which tangled around its beak before swallowing it. On another occasion, the worm was taken to the water and rinsed before being gulped down. It paused its quest for food to preen at least once. 
Gull Billed Tern catching a ragworm (Photograph by © Garry Bagnell)
Gull Billed Tern catching a ragworm
Photograph by 
© Garry Bagnell

Bagnell's Bird List (Web Site)


The Gull-billed Tern is an annual vagrant to southern England. Its natural distribution is mostly a bird of southern Europe including coastal wetlands such as the Ebro Delta and Coto Donana (Spain) and a small population in France. 

This bird was first seen over the brackish Widewater Lagoon, Lancing, on 21 May 2005.

Adur Nature Notes (May 2005)

5 May 2005
The first Basking Shark, Cetorhinus maximus, of the season is reported by a fisherman half a mile north of Sennen Cove, Cornwall (near Land's End).

BMLSS Basking Sharks

30 April 2005 to 3 May 2005
A Bearded Seal, Erignathus barbatus,is seen at Easter Quarff (north of Cunningsburgh), Mainland, Shetland Isles.

Bearded Seal (Photograph by John Coutts)

Bearded Seal 
Photograph by John Coutts

Report on Shetlands Sea Mammal Sightings and Photograph

NB: Bearded Seals are a non-migratory Arctic species that feed on molluscs including clams. There has now been at least a dozen records from the Shetland Isles and one record of this seal off Ireland and one off Hartlepool in north-east England. 
BMLSS Bearded Seal page


All reports by Andy Horton unless the credits are given 
to other observers or reporters.

Cornish Marine Wildlife (Ray Dennis Records) 2004


Each month, at least one special marine image will be published from images sent to the BMLSS. This can be of the seashore, undersea world or any aspect of the marine natural world, especially the underwater life, but not restricted to life beneath the waves. Topical inclusions may be included instead of the most meritorious, and images will be limited to the NE Atlantic Ocean and adjoining seas, marine and seashore species and land and seascapes.

Photograph by Ray Hamblett


Shore Topography Series

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 150K in size.

Widewater (Saline/Brackish) Lagoon
Lancing, Sussex

Sea Heath
Lesser Sea-spurrey and salt marsh community

Sea Heath, Frankenia laevis, & Lesser Sea-spurrey, Spergularia marina

The flood plain revealed Glasswort still in a zone before the mud with a salt marsh grass and a plant with small white-mauve five petalled flowers (image on the right, above) which I have identified as the Lesser Sea-spurrey, Spergularia marina

Widewater Salt Marsh

Photographers submitting pictures should indicate if they wish them to be considered for inclusion as confirming permission takes work and time and can delay publication of the news bulletins. 

Shore Topography Portfolio

Link to more marine life photographs

Click on the album for more links (On-line link)





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.

See the venues for talks and activities in the left hand column.
Click on the images (on-line) for the latest information.

BIOSIS  Conference Calendar for Zoology 

(Major Link of all biological conferences around the world)

7-9 July 2005  

Link to the Porcupine Society web pagesPORCUPINE FIELD TRIP 

The Wash and North Norfolk Coast

7-8 July 2005
On board Eastern Sea Fisheries well appointed boat : dredges and trawls will help 'ground truth' the areas habitats as well as building up a qualitative and semi-quantitative species list. Experts in particular groups, students or anyone interested are welcome. Places are limited so apply NOW for one or both days. The only cost is a £10 sterling deposit to secure your place (this type of trip usually costs many times as much). The boat will leave from Hunstanton (boarding via an inflatable boat).

9 July 2005 onwards 
Explore coastal sites including a survey of two saline lagoons and saltmarsh areas. 


 Public Aquaria List
?  What to do if you find a stranded whale or dolphin  ?

If you find a LIVE stranded or injured whale or dolphin on the beach you must send for help QUICKLY. A whale or dolphin stranding is an emergency and the speed of response by a professional rescue team is perhaps the most crucial factor in determining whether or not an animal can be returned to the sea alive.

0300 1234 999
0300 1234 999
0131 339 0111
0845 201 2626
01534 724331
00 44 1481 257261

British Divers Marine Life Rescue
01825  765546




The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom has recently launched a new full colour magazine, GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT, which will appeal to people who wish to read accurate, interesting and entertaining articles about the world's oceans and its inhabitants.
Much of the source material for this new magazine is the Journal of the Marine Biological Association (JMBA). Whereas the journal is full of excellent scientific papers, GLOBAL MARINE ENVIRONMENT takes some of the most interesting studies and, in full colour, writes a more understandable summary of the findings.

The first issue of Global Marine Environment may be purchased in hard copy for £1.75 (see below) or downloaded from the web at the following


Information provided by Richard Lord (Guernsey)

Marine fish & invertebrates
of Northern Europe
Frank Emil Moen & Erling Svensen

In May 2004 the English edition of the very popular Norwegian Marine Fauna (Dyreliv I havet) was published. Prof. David Bellamy has written the foreword. 

More than one thousand underwater photographs and 608 pages with updated information on marine fish and invertebrates from nearly all marine phylum in Northern European waters. The largest newspaper in Norway, Aftenposten gave the Norwegian edition 6 out of 6 points in a book review. It is in use at all major higher marine biology studies in Norway. 

The English edition is translated by Prof Fredrik Pleijel and Dr. Sabine Cochrane
The book is available from Aquapress in the UK, Skandisk, Inc. USA and KOM in Norway .


Philip Henry Gosse 1852-1856

The first aquarist
William Alford Lloyd 1815-1880 

On June 6th 1853 William Alford Lloyd, a 38 year old married bookbinder employed at William Brown’s bookshop, 130/31 Old Street, London, wrote to the eminent Victorian scientist, Professor Richard Owen, requesting a complementary Sunday viewing ticket to the Regent’s Park Aqua Vivaria; as he could ill afford the entry fee on his meagre salary. Responding positively to this bold request, the professor and lowly bookbinder became firm life-long corresponding friends.
Within 12 months of his first visit to the Aqua Vivaria, without leaving the employ of William Brown’s, Lloyd opened a small shop selling parlour aquariums and everything concerned with them; with his equally knowledgeable wife serving behind the counter. With an endorsement from Professor Owen, such was the success of the small shop in St John Street Road, and with public interest changing from ferns kept in Warington Cases to the new craze of parlour aquariums, Lloyd sought larger premises; which would allow him to work full time in the business. Using virtually all of the capital gained from the small shop, he proudly opened his “Aquarium Warehouse” at Portland Road, Regent’s Park in the late winter of 1855.


Encyclopedia of Marine Life of Britain and Ireland

Marine Fauna of Norway

BMLSS: Marine Life Articles in Publications (Link)

The British Marine Life Study Society are responsible for producing the journal GLAUCUS, which is the first publication exploring the marine life of the seas surrounding the British Isles available to the general public. 

Change of EMail Address

New EMail addressPlease note that the EMail address for messages to the British Marine Life Study Society has now changed

from bmlss@compuserve.com to Glaucus@hotmail.com

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Boar Fish, Capros aper Len Nevell Marc Abraham John Knight