Seasearch began in South and West Wales in the late 1980’s with surveys organised by Francis Bunker in Cardigan Bay; Stackpole, South Pembrokeshire and the Gower Peninsula. Kate Lock took over as voluntary co-ordinator in 1996 and surveys were completed around Ramsey Island, Daugleddau and in St Brides Bay. Jen Jones also ran seafan and eelgrass surveys in Pembrokeshire.
In 2005 funding allowed the appointment of two co-ordinators to the region – Kate Lock as West Wales co-ordinator (Milford Haven Entrance to Aberystwyth) and Vicki Howe (South Pembrokeshire to Cardiff Bay) and a new flush of Seasearch courses and diving weekends flourished.
Following the arrival of her son Albie, Vicky went into Seasearch retirement and Kate became the key contact for all south and west Wales Seasearching.
Since 2005, surveys have been completed around Skokholm Island; throughout Milford Haven; Sarn Cynfelin, Aberystwyth; Gower; North and South Pembrokshire coasts; Caldey Island; The Smalls; Grassholm; Gateholm; Ramsey and Strumble Head …. more details here: 2010
Summary reports for these and previous surveys in the Region are available in pdf format from the Seasearch website achievements page.
The enthusiasm and dedication of all the surveyors is applauded!
More volunteering is needed though … it would be great if a volunteer from each survey weekend could write a brief summary to include on this site. We also hope to include galleries of selected pictures from each survey, so please send in a few photos that either best capture the appearance of the site you dived or of the most unusual species recorded.
- Government inquiry into management of marine protected areas in Wales
- European Union abandons plan to “overhaul” flagship Birds and Babitats Directives following a huge public campaign
- Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs makes “inaccurate and misleading claims” about the sustainability of Welsh seafood.
- Welsh Government dismiss objections to further scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay
- Consultation on proposed Special Areas of Conservation for harbour porpoise
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