Crime against conservation at Studland

After nearly ten years of campaigning and recording Seahorse data at Studland Dorset , Defra last week decided to throw the site away as a Marine Protected Area MPA , their reasons are without doubt ' grey ' , using the excuse that it will cost too much , and favouring the minority of wealthy yacht owners and the handful of fishermen that use the site once in a while , the Government agencies have chosen to completely ignore sound science and data , going instead with idle gossip and hearsay , it is depressing that our Government seems to put votes of the wealthy  before the environment , and allows the destruction of the Eelgrass beds in Studland bay to continue , the decline in Seahorses has already started to happen , only one was sighted in the bay in 2014, compared to around fourty in 2008 , this highlights the complete failure of the Tory Government , and the sham that is the Marine Bill , the promise of a network of protected areas at sea that allow recovery are nothing more than paper parks , with a weak and apathetic attitude to enforcing wildlife law .

End of the road for Studland's Seahorses

After nearly ten years of campaigning , Defra have announced they are dropping Studland bay as a Marine Protected Area MPA , overwhelming public opinion , hundreds of hours underwater , and numerous credible scientific studies have highlighted the need for protection from anchors and chain moorings , yet Government agencies  appear to be more concerned about keeping the wealthy and small section of society that are lucky enough to have a sea view and expensive boats onside , there seems to be little or no credible evidence to support the claims that restrictions would effect any local economy or businesses , these are dark times for UK marine conservation , with votes and money replacing common sense and advice , with thousands of visiting boats anchoring in the Eelgrass , fragmentation will continue , degrading the habitat , and ultimately species will disappear or relocate , a great loss for Dorset , and greater loss for nature .

Norfolk visit

16th January 2015, we spent four days in Suffolk and Norfolk , visiting various beaches as part of our beachcombing book research , vast shingle beaches at first seemed devoid of life, with little washing up on their strandlines , however , closer inspection revealed cryptic animals such as Snow Buntings foraging amongst the remains of last seasons shingle plants , the beach at Winterton Norfolk was well worth the effort and drive , its strandline consisted of the Bryozoan Hornwrack , amongst this were hundreds of mermaids purses .

Further walking revealed dead Seal pup remains , and to our amazement , there were still white coat Grey Seal pups on the beach , their Mothers only a few meters away in the surf , the seals appear to tolerate the vast amounts of Dogs and people walking amongst them , most keep at a distance, but many were too close , some even taking ' selfies ' with mobile phones .

 

 

Shark bite Chesil Dolphin

The Dolphin Shark bite story made the Dorset Echo today , good feature highlighting the plight of our marine life , and making sure not to create hysteria from the word Shark http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/11703082.Dolphin_Is_washed_up_with_shark_bite__Warning__Graphic_image/