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Latest ocean news

Lundy Island

11 Aug 2022

Lundy: A pioneering Marine Protected Area

The Marine Protected Area around the island of Lundy in the outer Bristol Channel is 50 years old this year. In our summer members magazine, Robert Irving, a long-time participant in the management of the Lundy MPA, looks at what makes Lundy special.

Beach clean flag

10 Aug 2022

Learn how to run a beach clean

We’re running free online training webinars that take you through everything you need to know to set up and carry out a Marine Conservation Society beach clean and litter survey.

Sunfish - Mark Harris

9 Aug 2022

Mola mola, so good to see

In the summer edition of Marine Conservation Society's members magazine, Ocean Ambassador Tom ‘The Blowfish’ Hird wrote a fascinating piece about the ocean sunfish. Dive into his article to find out all about the mola mola.

Puffin coming into land Skomer Wales John Archer-Thompson

2 Aug 2022

Beaches and bird flu

Unfortunately, a bird flu (avian influenza) outbreak is affecting seabirds and other birds in the UK right now. If you’re heading to the beach this summer and see a sick or dead bird, here’s what to do.

Kelp, Orkney, Scotland. Alison Moore

28 Jul 2022

What we can learn from seaweed

From dabberlocks to bladder wrack and sugar kelp to thongweed, there are over 650 species of seaweed found around the UK. Each plays a vital role in supporting the health of our ocean and planet, and can tell us vital information about the effects of climate change – but how?

blue jellyfish A Pearson.jpg

26 Jul 2022

Jellyfish: Helpful hero, not stinging villain

Jellyfish often get bad press for their stinging sensibilities. But they’re actually remarkable creatures which not only benefit our seas, but the wider environment, too.

Fucoid seaweed Georgie Bull

26 Jul 2022

The power and potential of seaweed

Seaweed is something we almost always encounter when down by the coast. But what is it used for apart from a salty snack, spa treatments and sushi? We’re sharing some lesser-known uses of seaweed to show just how versatile it is.


22 Jul 2022

Buoy zone: Our latest seagrass restoration work in ‘No Anchor Zone’ at Portland Harbour

We recently partnered with Salcombe Distilling Company to install buoys marking out a ‘No Anchor Zone’ in Portland Harbour, to protect UK seagrass


15 Jul 2022

Summer fun by the sea

Taking a trip to the coast this summer? We’ve put together a list of some great seaside activities you can get up to whilst you’re there.

Bladderwrack seaweed

30 Jun 2022

Get Seaweed Search ready with our new events

Join us at some of our upcoming events and get set to spot seaweed for this year’s Big Seaweed Search, running from 23-31 July.

Hawksbill and Green turtle in the Caribbean UKOTs

28 Jun 2022

The true value of marine turtles

Marine turtles are valuable creatures – in so many ways. For millions of years, they’ve been providing benefits to marine ecosystems, the wider environment, and us humans, too.

Shells- Unsplash- Mick-Haupt

24 Jun 2022

Let’s talk about shells

We’ve been talking to Helen Scales, author of ‘What a Shell Can Tell’. We learn about the interesting shells in our seas and on our shores, and the impact of human activity and climate change on them.

2 Young green turtle over seagrass bed in TCI RGB - Peter Richardson MCS

17 Jun 2022

"What do turtles do all day?" and other questions...

We've been chatting to Dr Peter Richardson, our in-house turtle expert, all about marine turtles to get the low-down on these charismatic creatures

Kelp, Orkney, Scotland. Alison Moore

8 Jun 2022

Beneath the Waves: Our new supporter events

We're excited to be launching our new online supporter events, Beneath the Waves. These events will run three times a year, with the first taking place on 22nd June 2022.

Volunteer Kerrie Portobello

1 Jun 2022

Meet some of our volunteers

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with us? Our volunteers Kerrie and Sean give us the lowdown and why they decided to get involved with our work, what they’ve been up to and what they’ve learned from the experience

Volunteer at the Great British Beach Clean 2020 Tara Proud

1 Jun 2022

Ways to volunteer with us

It doesn't matter if you live near to the coast or in a landlocked city, there are lots of great ways to get involved with our work.

Lobster pots in Arbroath, Scotland

31 May 2022

The lowdown on crab and lobster in the UK

There’s been a lot of talk about crab and lobster potting lately. We give the lowdown on what’s happening with these species and what the future might hold.

Mediterranean gulls flying in the sky with a barrel jellyfish underwater Costa Brava Spain Damsea

30 May 2022

Fascinating facts about jellyfish

Jellyfish have been drifting, floating and bobbing along in our ocean for over 500 million years - that's longer than dinosaurs, and a lot longer than us. We're sharing some facts you might not know about jellies...

Hawksbill and Green turtle in the Caribbean UKOTs

26 May 2022

The seven species of marine turtles

Marine turtles have been around for millions of years, covering great distances in our ocean and playing a crucial role in marine and coastal ecosystems. There are seven different species of marine turtles, six of which have been recorded in UK waters.

Snakelocks Anemone on Seagrass Georgie Bull

25 May 2022

Protecting seagrass in Plymouth Sound

We’ve been working to protect and restore vital seagrass habitats at Cawsand, in Plymouth Sound.

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