Sunday, 26 February 2017

Brixham Marine Conservation Day

on Tuesday 30th May 2017

What's going on around Brixham harbour? Beach clean up, Marine Mammal Stranding Rescue Demonstration, Marine Monster Sculpture, Evening Seashore Safari, Photo Competition, Crab research/competition, interactive stands... day of talks hosted by the Brixham Yacht Club. 

Who's participating? British Divers Marine Life Rescue, Devon Wildlife Trust, Brixham Seawatch, Devon Seals in the wild, Marine Management Organisation, Edfest, Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, Marine conservation Society, Community Seagrass Initiative, Plymouth University Marine Institute, Surfers Against Sewage, SharkTrust, National Marine Aquarium, Sea Champions South West.

Find out more at the Brixham Dolphins Twitter page and also here to find out about the crowdfunding appeal to raise £1500 the cost to hold the event (marketing, insurance, stalls etc).

Sounds like a great day out, I'll hopefully be booking that day off work to attend and support the Brixham Marine Conservation Project.

This group formed after the sad events last August when two dolphins swam into Brixham harbour, attempts to rescue them were made, and sadly one died. Read more about this story here.

The purpose of the Brixham Marine Conservation Project is to promote a healthier, cleaner, safe marine environment by bringing together Conservation, Education, Research and Tourism. The group also hope to put in place a protocol should more marine mammals become stranded in the harbour in the future.

P.S. Has anyone heard of the Vaquita Porpoise? neither until I was writing this post! There are only 30 left in the world, in the  Sea of Cortez in Mexico. Please raise awareness of this creatures plight by spreading the word and visit the Porpoise Conservation Society website here to find out more about Vaquita.

Until next time

Friday, 3 February 2017

Nightingales and Lodge Hill Proposed Development

Soon nowhere will be safe from housing!

Dear Followers
Please see the article below from the RSPB regarding the proposal for a massive housing development in an area which is home to 80% of the UK's Nightingale population and would result in a loss of 40% of this Site of Special Scientific Interest.

"Our most iconic songbird is under threat and needs your help now.

If we don't act, the UK's number one site for nightingales - Lodge Hill in Medway, Kent - will soon disappear forever.

A planning application has been submitted to build 5,000 houses on the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and Medway Council wants to allocate the land for development.

If the development goes ahead, the vital habitats that the nightingales - and other wildlife - call home will be destroyed and this iconic bird's song silenced. 

Will you join our campaign to save Lodge Hill and SSSIs across the country?"

Ref: RSBP (extracted 3rd Feb 2017)

Visit the website for more information here and watch the nightingale video by clicking on this link

You don't have to live in the area to understand the implications of allowing a housing development in a SSSI. If we don't act to stop it happening, nowhere will be safe and we will have nothing left of our beautiful countryside.

Hoping you can support this campaign
Thank you