3rd March 2014
data for 2013 tops 1,750 Forms - and more Survey Forms than ever
late flurry of forms from the far north means that we have now received
1,763 record forms from dives in 2013. Most of them come from England
by Scotland (15%), Wales and Ireland
Islands (6%) and the Isle of Man (4%). In England the most forms
are from Devon and Dorset (19% each), closely followed by East Anglia
(16%) and North-East England (15%).
of the records have been Observation Forms, 47% Survey Forms and
1% sea fan and fireworks anemone forms.
Google Earth map of all the records received can be downloaded here
Seasearch Forms 2013
are now well advanced with entering the forms into the Marine Recorder
database and our target is for that to be complete, checked and
distributed by the end of March. The data will then be added to
the Seasearch dataset on the National Biodiversity Network (NBN)
website and be available for all to use. if you have completed Seasearch
Forms from 2013 ready to send off, or even uncompleted ones you
still need to finish, it is still possible to get them into the
dataset but you will need to be quick! You can email scans of any
completed forms to us at email@example.com
to get them to us instantly.
can be seen from the graph the overall number of forms is down compared
with the last two years. This is because we received fewer Observation
Forms in 2013, partly due to running a smaller number of courses,
and there were no organised sea fan or crawfish surveys. However
the number of Survey Forms continues to rise and the total of 821
is a record. Survey Forms provide us with typically three times
as much data as Observation Forms so the fact that the proportion
continues to rise (47% of all the data in 2013) is good news and
a testament to the skills and hard work of all the volunteer Seasearch
Training and Qualifications
Dates for Observer, Surveyor and Specialist Courses for 2014 are
now on the Training page.
There are more in the planning stage.
the beginning of January this year 5 volunteers completed their
Observer Qualification. They are: Tim Parmley (E), Rik Girdler (E),
Tim Murphy (I), Rod Hogg (E) and Aisling O'Donnell (I).
have had 2 new Seasearch Surveyors in the same period - Kirstie
Harris (who wrote an article on her Surveyor course in SCUBA magazine
last year) and Fidlema Carroll who became our 100th Surveyor. Fidelma
is pictured with her reward!
to them all.
Data to be used in second tranche of MCZs in England
winds and rain battered our coasts we were hard at work entering
all of the 2013 data into the Marine Recorder database. We have
fast tracked the data for England (912 forms or 54% of all the data)
and sent it to Natural England to help with their advice on the
next tranche of MCZs, following the announcement of the first 27
amongst the first 27 which Seasearch provided survey reports in
2012 for are Kingmere (Sussex), Poole Rocks, Torbay and Skerries
Bank These reports can be downloaded from the Achievements page.
Other sites which included Seasearch data are Beachy Head West,
Chesil Beach and Stennis Ledges, Whitsand and Looe Bay and The Manacles.
list of the second tranche of 37 sites on which Natural England
will deliver advice to government have only just been announced.
Sites which are within the range of Seasearch divers are:
to St Marys (Northumberland)
Bay (North Yorkshire)
Shoal Chalk Reefs
to Deal (Kent)
to Folkestone (Kent)
(Iisle of Wight)
to Cowes (Isle of Wight)
Needles (Isle of Wight)
and The Gannel (Cornwall)
Point to Tintagel (Cornwall/Devon)
to Foreland Point (Devon)
of these sites are likely to feature in Seasearch surveys this summer
and any new data we collect will be submitted in time for the formal
consultation period in early 2015.
of course it still leaves 69 of the 127 sites originally proposed
unprotected until 2016 at least.
for 2014 Courses and Survey Dives
programme of Seasearch Observer and Surveyor Courses and Survey
Dives for 2014 is now listed on the Training
and Diving pages. Many more are in
the planning stage and will be added as soon as the dates become
available. So far there are 32 courses (17 Observer, 4 Surveyor
and 11 ID) from the Sound of Mull to Jersey and there are over 50
survey dives listed, mostly at weekends ranging from the most northerly
dives possible in England, nudibranchs in Wales, week-long surveys
in the Sound of Mull and Jersey, south Devon reefs and eelgrass,
summer evenings in Dorset and shore dives on chalk reefs in Norfolk.
Something for everybody.
contact the person listed for each course or dive for further information
or to make a booking.
and Corals Second Edition
can buy Seasearch ID Guides and slates/pencils online at www.mcsuk.org/shop
Second Edition of the Guide to Anemones and Corals is now available.
It is a totally new book with many more images, almost all new,
and additional pages about anemone research and associations.
well as being available online you will be able to buy a copy of
the book at many future Seasearch events.