29th January 2015
Marine Conservation Zone Reports submitted
have submitted 15 Seasearch reports of surveys carried out in 2014
in proposed and existing Marine Conservation Zones in England. These
are intended to add information for the forthcoming consultation
on the second tranche of MCZs in England and also keep up the pressure
from effective managemnt measures in the first round designated
in November 2013.
reports have been sent to Natural England together with the complete
data for 2014 for sites in England and photographs of priority habitats
and species in the sites concerned.
of the reports can be downloaded from the Achievements
page of this site.
Second tranche sites are:Bembridge
(Isle of Wight) , Coquet
to St Marys (Northumberland), Cromer
Shoal (Norfolk), Dover
to Deal, Dover
to Folkestone, Hartland
to Tintagel (Devon & Cornwall), Runswick
Bay (Yorkshire), Studland
Bay (Dorset), The
Needles (Isle of Wight), Utopia
to Cowes (Isle of Wight).
Existing MCZs reported on are: Beacjy
Head West (Sussex), Kingmere
Bank (Devon), Torbay
Day at the Natural History Museum - book now for last minute spaces
1st February will be Seasearch Day at the Natural History Museum
in London. It will be an opportunity to meet tutors and coordinators,
hear about what Seasearch has been doing in 2014 and our plans for
2015, have a look at progress with online recording and new training
and promotional videos, take part in a photo clinic and have a behind
the scenes tour of the zoology section of the museum. There is no
charge for attending but you will need to book your place as numbers
are limited. Contact Chris
Wood if you want to join us.
dawned damp and gloomy but that did not deter Seasearchers in Dorset
taking a New Year's Day dip. Your National Coordinator did not fancy
the murk but i did get a swim in yesterday in winter sunshine before
the winds got up down in Devon and very 'bracing' it was too. The
climb back up the cliff path was a great warmer.
Seasearchers have celebrated the new year by becoming Seasearch
Surveyors. They are Becky Gill (Cornwall) and Carol Horne (Anglesey).
Congratulations to them both.
now have the first dates for surveys and courses in 2015 available.
There are only two Observer Courses confirmed so far but there are
many more in the planning stage and they will be posted on the Training
page of the website as soon as dates are available.
dives planned so far include surveys linked to Bioblitzes being
organised by the National Trust in North East England and Sussex,
boat dives from Devon to the Isle of Wight and liveaboard surveys
at the extemities of our area the Channel Islands and Scapa Flow.
Go to the Survey Dives page to see the
list so far. Again there are many more surveys being planned and
dates will be added when confirmed.
Data Entry now well underway
number of Seasearch Forms this year has now reached 1,543 and entry
of the data into the Marine Recorder database is well underway.
First priority is being given to forms from the proposed second
tranche of Marine Conservation Zones in England where we want the
data to be available to inform responses to the public consultation
in the spring. The remainder of the data should be completed by
the end of March and will be made available for everybody to use
as usual on the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).
the first time we have received more Survey Forms (786) than Observation
Forms (717). This is a measure of how the quality of the records
we receive has increased as Survey Forms typically provide three
times as much information as Observation Forms.
at present, the number of all records is still well down on the
final figure for previous years. If
you have forms you have not yet sent in please do so immediately
so they can be entered along with the rest of the 2014 data.
map (image right) has been created showing all of the sites recorded
this year so far. You can download the file here
and open it in Google Earth.
the forms received 61% come from sites in England, the majority
from, Dorset (202), East Anglia (175) and Cornwall (169). Outside
of England most records are from Wales (207), Scotland (136) and
Soup - how bad has the visibility been in 2014?
have heard so many people say how poor underwater visibility has
been throughout the year in many places, particularly in the English
Channel and in Wales. The Seasearch records all include an estimate
of underwater visibility and thus it should be possible to compare
2014 with previous years at different places around the British
and Irish coasts. We don't have the 2014 data entered into the database
yet but we will have come the spring there will then be the opportunity
for somebody to interpret the data we have and make an interesting
report/paper/article about it.
Does anybody want to have a go? Please get in touch if you are interested
need your photos and video
currently has two projects running for which we are looking for
high quality photos and video from participants.
fourth in our series of identification guides is in preparation
and is due to be published next year. The subject is Sponges and
Sea Squirts and is being written by Claire Goodwin (sponges) and
David Kipling and Sarah Bowen (sea squirts). We always like to include
pictures from a wide variety of locations in the guides and it is
also the opportunity to showcase some of the best ID pictures from
Seasearchers. We have a hotlist of sponge images needed which can
be downloaded sponge
list and there will be a sea squirts list to come soon. If you
want to contribute your images contact Chris
Wood and he will send you a Dropbox link to upload them.
second project is to do a makeover of our training and promotional
videos. The ones we have been using are now over ten years old and
have begun to look their age. We want to do a complete makeover
and this time would like to include high definition video supplied
by Seasearch participants. This will allow us to have a much more
diverse library of training dives available for the tutors to use
wherever we are holding our courses. Again there is a specification
you can download Seasearch
Video Makeover and again please contact Chris
Wood to let us know what you think you are going to be able
to provide. In most cases this will involve taking new footage as
the training sequences need to be very slow indeed so people have
time to both look and record. Again we will provide a Dropbox for
video to be downloaded. This project is supported by the Field Studies
both of these projects I am afraid we cannot pay for images and
video. However you'll be fully acknowledged and of course receive
a copy of the completed book/film as appropriate.