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Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton

Marine Life Talk: 'Marine Conservation and the Solent' Seminar

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7 April 2011
National Oceanography Centre Southampton

For more information regarding this seminar, please telephone National Oceanography Centre Southampton on +44 (0)23 8059 6666 .

Event details

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 by Amy Dale, Marine Officer for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, will introduce you to some of the wildlife and habitats living off our coast. These range from enchanting harbour seals to elusive seahorses, strange spoon worms, and internationally scarce seagrass beds. Amy 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 Trust, and how you can get involved.

Further information

This talk is open to the public and admission is free.

Visitors attending the talk should arrive at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton at 7.15pm to be met in Reception.

The National Oceanography Centre Southampton can be reached via Dock Gate 4 (between Town Quay and Ocean Village).

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.

Speaker information

Dr Amy Dale, Marine Officer, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Amy Dale studied Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology at the University of Plymouth before moving to Cork to complete a PhD in the community ecology of seagrass beds in south-west Ireland. Since 2009 Amy has 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.

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