Marine Conservation and the Solent – 19.30pm at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton –
by Amy Dale –
At first glance our local seas can often appear somewhat bleak and muddy so it’s easy to forget that this busy industrial marine area is home to a huge diversity of marine life. This talk will introduce you to some of the wildlife and habitats living off our coast, from enchanting harbour seals, to elusive seahorses, strange spoon worms, and internationally scarce seagrass beds.
The talk will include elements of how we impact the marine environment, and current progress on development of Marine Conservation Zones as part of the new Marine and Coastal Act 2009 legislation. It will also cover marine conservation projects currently being undertaken by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, and how you can get involved.
Amy Dale studied Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at the University of Plymouth before moving to Cork to complete a Ph.D in the community ecology of seagrass beds in South-west Ireland. Since 2009 she’s been working for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust as their Marine Officer. Her day to day work involves running the Trust’s Solent Seagrass, Shoresearch, Seasearch and beach clean projects, and raising awareness of our marine environment and the importance of its protection.
Image: Tompot blenney – credit: Matt Doggett
Future Marine Life Talks at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
02/06/11 Serpent Project – Kerstin Kroeger
07/07/11 Southern ocean cruise, part II – Leight Marsh and Laura Hepburn
04/08/11 Seawatch south-west – Alice Jones
06/10/11 Local application of the marine and coastal access bill – Antony Jenser
Free admission – these talks are open to the public
The Marine Life Talks are held on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm, please arrive at 7.15pm to be met in Reception.
Arrangements for wheelchairs must be made in advance. Unless it is possible to descend via the stairs in an emergency, access to upper floors cannot be permitted as lifts are automatically immobilised when the fire alarm is activated.
The National Oceanography Centre is reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Southampton’s Town Quay and Ocean Village).