19th November 2015
2015 Data tops 1,100 forms
is all about collecting data for conservation. Now the diving season
is coming to an end we are concentrating on getting all of this
year's records in and registered. So far we have 1105 forms recorded
and the map shows where they have come from. 51% of them (568 forms)
are Observation Forms, 46% (504) are Survey Forms, and 3% (31) are
crawfish, sea fan or horse mussel records.
present 59% (648) of the forms come from sites in England, 18% (200)
from Scotland, 9% (100) from Wales and 7% (78) from the Channel
Islands. The remaining 7% are from Ireland (53), and Isle of Man
are certainly more in the pipeline. Please send your forms off as
soon as possible so we can get to work on data entry. You can see
that we have no records this year from Shetland, Outer Hebrides,
NW England and much of Ireland. If
you've dived in any of these areas your records would be especially
anemone find on Seasearch dives in Scotland
October saw the last of our planned survey dives for 2015 (has it
come to that time of year already?). The location was South Skye
but the most exciting find was a very rare anemone, Anemonactis
mazeli, at two sites in Loch Duich. These are the first Seasearch
records of this anemone ever and are particularly interesting as
the literature suggests it is a deeper water species, but they were
found as shallow as 15m.
photo is by Peter Bardsley. These records follow other exciting
anemone sightings in Scotland this year - Arachnanthus sarsi
and Fireworks anemone (Pachycerianthus multiplicatus),
both from the Sound of Jura.
Courses and Qualifications 2015
programme of Seasearch Courses for 2015 is now completed and we
are getting a number of people completing their Seasearch qualifications
after the summer of diving and surveying.
the beginning of October 18 of our volunteers have completed their
Seasearch Qualifications. They are:
Observers - James Matthews (Jersey), Jayn Johnson (Jersey), Eve
Taylor-Cox (Jersey),Charlotte Hooper (Jersey), Kathleen Cowie (Scotland),
Sascha Ley (England), James Lynott (Scotland), Karl Mason (Wales),
Nicki Meharg (Wales), Dimitris Xanthis (Wales), Phil Beale (England),
Elaine Barber (England). Robert Sewell (Scotland), Jim Mc Dougall
(England), Ben Moore (England) and Simon Loveday (England).
Surveyors - Nick Owen (England) and Lisa Kamphausen (Scotland).
to them all.
surveys in the Manacles MCZ
26th saw what was probably the last of our dives in the Manacles
MCZ this year. We have 40 records from the area potentially affected
by the harbour works needed to re-open the quarry. This beautiful
sea fan forest photographed on Sept 26th is less than half a mile
south of Maen Land where the breakwater would go and directly in
the current flow. Now to write it all up into a report for all to
use if the quarry proposals progress.
on the BBC
Tutor and diver Nic Faulks featured on BBC TV's Countryfile on 19th
July. If you missed it you can catch up with it here.
Nic explains what Seasearch is all about and shows how we record
using one of her own Survey Forms.
in Northern Ireland featured on Radio 4's Open Country. Seasearch
NI Coordinator Claire Goodwin was on board talking about the records
made by Seasearch of climate changes species like the red blenny.
You can catch it here.
Data for 2014 and Annual Report now available
of the principles of Seasearch is that the data that our volunteer
divers collect should be available for all to use for conservation
and research purposes. Over last winter all of the 2014 data was
entered into the Marine Recorder database and we also reviewed and
amended some of the older data - particularly improving positioning
for shore dives which is now much easier with the advent of web
mapping. In that format it has already been circulated to the conservation
agencies in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle
of Man and to records centres in Ireland and the Channel Islands.The
main access for everybody else is the National Biodiversity Network
(NBN) and the species data is now live on that for everybody to
access and use. The map shows the spread of MCS surveys from 1977-1990
and of Seasearch surveys from 1995-2014. This is a great resource
for dive planning if you want to help fill the gaps. Even at a Britain
and Ireland scale you can see that we need more records from the
east coasts of Scotland and Ireland and if you zoom in the local
gaps are much more obvious to see.
use the NBN go to https://data.nbn.org.uk/
and search using just the Seasearch records by clicking the Browse
Datasets tab and entering Seasearch in the Search box. You'll find
there are 8 Seasearch datasets - one each forEngland, Wales, Scotland,
Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Islands which contain all the Observation
and Survey form records and separate datasets for our Sea Fan and
Crawfish survey data. Alternatively you can search by species -
but you will have to log in to look at individual records.
now published is the Annual Report for 2014. This contains a summary
of the main surveys and the species and habitats recorded, cncentrating
on the priority species and habitats as well as rare and non-native
species. It is being circulated by email to all on our database
but can slao be downloaded here:
Annual Report 2014
data and report are a real testimony to the skills and dedication
of the hundreds of volunteer divers from all walks of lifeover the
years who make Seasearch what it is.
working with Dive Clubs
couple of examples of Seasearch working with local divers in the
last week. On Sunday 28th June we held an Observer Course in a fire
station for members of Bury and SubSea SACs who went on to take
part in a joint club expedition to Northern Ireland. Wendy Northway
and Chris Wood ran the training day and the members are linked up
with Seasearch NI Coordinator/Tutor Claire Goodwin at Rathlin Island
for their training and qualification dives.
Monday 29th June Seasearchers Sally Sharrock, Keith Hiscock and
Chris Wood joined members of Ilfracombe and North Devon SAC to look
at unrecorded sites on the North coast of Devon. Thanks to Shaun
Galliver, Keith Denby and Mel for looking after us and club member
Mags Ashton is seen in the photo filling in her Survey Form after
the first dive with guidance from Sally. We were filmed for a series
of short films called Boat Stories - hence the fluffy intrusive
camera in the picture - and Mags' hidden face! (thanks to Keith
for the picture).
you want to see the resulting film go to:
Dive is an Adventure
enjoys working with clubs. Do contact National Coordinator Chris
Wood or your local Seasearch Coordinator if you would like to work
together on courses, expedition ideas or just suggestions of where
data from your club would help us increase the Seasearch data available