6th March 2015
Courses and Qualifications 2015
Seasearch Courses arranged so far for 2015 are now on the Training
page of the the website. Most divers new to Seasearch start with
the Observer Course and courses arranged so far sre in Edinburgh,
Tyneside, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Devon, Anglesey,
Jersey and Cork, Galway and Dublin in Ireland. Others are still
in the planning stage.
are two Surveyor Courses planned so far, in Hampshire/Dorset and
Devon, both during May.
book up early for our courses, in some cases there are minimum numbers
we need to make sure a course goes ahead..
far in 2015 six of our volunteers have cmpleted their Seasearch
Qualifications. They are:
Observers - Jessi Jennings (Channel Islands) and Colm Doyle (Ireland)
Surveyors - Becky Gill (England), Carol Horne (Wales), Lonn Landis
(Wales) and Rod Sterland (England).
to them all.
Marine Conservation Zone Reports submitted
have submitted 17 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 current consultation on
the second tranche of MCZs in England and also keep up the pressure
from effective management 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:, Coquet
to St Marys (Northumberland), Cromer
Shoal (Norfolk), Dover
to Deal, Dover
to Folkestone, Hartland
to Tintagel (Devon & Cornwall), Runswick
Needles (Isle of Wight) and Utopia
Defra decided not to include a number of sites originally listed
for the second trance in the consultation. Those for which we provided
data and reports are: Bembridge
(Isle of Wight),
Studland Bay (Dorset) and Yarmouth
to Cowes (Isle of Wight).
Existing MCZs reported on are: Beachy
Head West (Sussex), Chesil
Beach and Stennis Ledges (Dorset), Kingmere
Bank (Devon) and Torbay
have also uploaded annual summaries for 2014 from Dorset,
Kent and Northern
Ireland and others are on the way. There is also a report of
Crawfish Survey in north Pembrokeshire.
Data Entry now almost complete
number of Seasearch Forms received from dives in 2014 has now reached
1,554 and all of the data has been entered into the Marine Recorder
database. First priority was being given to forms from the proposed
second tranche of Marine Conservation Zones in England where we
wanted the data to be available to inform responses to the public
consultation which is now underway. The checking 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 (792) than Observation
Forms (721). 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.
map (image right) has been created showing all of the sites recorded
this year. 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), Cornwall (179) and East Anglia (175). Outside
of England most records are from Wales (207), Scotland (140) and
Soup - how bad was the visibility in 2014?
have heard so many people say how poor underwater visibility has
been throughout 2014 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.