Bournemouth University (www.bournemouth.ac.uk) and The Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (www.gwct.org.uk) are recruiting a high calibre PhD researcher to work on a three year fully funded studentship investigating changes in the migrations of Atlantic salmon in relation to factors including climate change, with an emphasis on how changes in smolt migrations are impacting survival to spawning adults.
The study will develop flexible multistate state-space mark-recapture models to quantify and then investigate correlates of Atlantic salmon marine survival using data collected on the river Frome, Dorset UK, with the intention of generalising findings to other rivers in Europe.
The successful candidate will have a strong numerical background and some knowledge of salmonids.
‘Poole Harbour provides both for a diverse ecology and a productive maritime economy. The Harbour is exceptional in the extent to which it illustrates the interface between environment and economics in the coastal zones of North West Europe. Positioned at the eastern end of the “Jurassic Coast” World Heritage Site, the entire Harbour has various conservation designations while at the same time providing for commercial shipping, motor yacht manufacture, fishing & aquaculture, tourism, a military base, and a range of other significant maritime industries. It also lies over an oil field, receives effluent from both a large conurbation and an agricultural catchment, and supports a variety of recreational activities, not least sailing and angling. These features along with the intensity with which they interact make Poole Harbour a powerful case study for the elucidation of sustainable development in practice.
Thirteen years ago the Poole Harbour Study Group held a conference which resulted in the book The Ecology of Poole Harbour. This 2018 conference aims to expand the scope of that and last year’s Marine Protected Areas conference, by examining the relationship between the environment and the economy which it supports.
The conference is part of the Poole Maritime Festival and among the events during the day Borough of Poole council will present key findings from their forthcoming marine supply chain mapping report.
Presentations (15 minutes), mini-presentations (3 minutes) and posters may examine any aspect of the Harbour environment and/or its maritime economy. Particularly welcome are contributions which engage with the interactions between the two, whether from business, policy, or conservation perspectives. Presentations may also cover aspects of the river catchment or Poole Bay which have direct implications for the Harbour itself. Contributions subsequently written up will be published in proceedings
To submit, a presentation or poster proposal, please send a 50 word summary to PHSG Chair, John Humphreys (email firstname.lastname@example.org), who would also be happy to provide advice on any early stage presentation idea.
Poole Harbour Study Group has been encouraging and disseminating objective research on Poole Harbour for over twenty-five years. Members include all the main statutory organisations along with universities, NGOs and commercial enterprises.’
Both Sainsbury’s (Wareham store) and Tesco (Fleetsbridge store) are charging people more for not having their veg wrapped in single-use plastic bags, as seen in the photo. Recent research has shown that Britain’s leading supermarkets create more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waster every year. Top supermarket chains have to declare the amount of plastic packaging they sell to consumers and whether they would commit to a plastic free aisle in their stores.
People are becoming increasingly aware of how plastic is endangering life on our planet, both on the land and in the sea. Soon there will be more plastic than life in the sea. A National Awareness day is part of the answer; a day on which all anti-plastic in the sea organisations could come together to maximise awareness. Sign the petition now to show your support to reduce plastics!: Introduce a national awareness day specifically against plastic in our seas.
Hengistbury Head visitor centre will be hosting a free presentation on the 3rd February, 19:00-20:30, showcasing the diverse marine life within Poole Bay. This event will display footage collected through Baited Remote Underwater Video (BRUV) surveys conducted over the past 3 years. The presentation will also discuss the impacts artificial structures such as coastal defences (seawalls, groynes, breakwaters) can have on marine life and showcase ways in which we can improve the habitats provided for marine life on artificial structures.
PhD researcher Alice Hall from Bournemouth University who studies the ecology and enhancement of artificial structures. She has spent the last 3 years researching the marine life associated with artificial structures on the south coast of England and will be showcasing some of her work at the presentation.
Booking is essential – please call 01202 451618 to reserve your place.
Join in with the ‘Litter free coast and sea’ and help keep Dorset’s beaches tidy!
The annual beach clean-up is back for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of Apil 2016 and kicks off the start of Litter Free Coast and Sea week. There are plenty of beach cleans happening across the county that you can get involved in. Bring your friends and family and lend a hand at any of the designated beaches. A beachmaster will be present at each event with gloves, equipment, rubbish bags and instructions.
Please wear suitable clothing and shoes for the conditions.
For more information and to find a beach near you, visit the ‘litter free coast and sea’ website: www.litterfreecoastandsea.co.uk.
Saturday 28th May to Sunday 12 June 2016
Dorset Wildlife Trust have organised an open studio event, bringing together local artists and their community based work.
Dorset Art Weeks is one of the largest open studio events in the country. It brings artists and visitors together in ways that are profoundly different to entering a public gallery. This year, Dorset Wildlife Trust is very pleased to announce that two of our visitor centres will be exhibiting art work for Art Weeks – the Kingcombe Centre and The Chesil Beach Centre, both in west Dorset.
A percentage of sales go to Dorset Wildlife Trust’s conservation work.
Dorset Wildlife Trust have organised summer cruises to celebrate World Ocean Day in June.
Celebrate World Oceans Day on Wednesday 8th June by taking an ocean cruise* with us this summer.
Departing from Poole Quay with Greenslade Pleasure Boats. The cruise boat includes a large undercover area, heating (if it is still cold) and toilets – as well as a large outdoor viewing area.
* Weather permitting, each cruise will (if possible) travel as far as Dancing Ledge.
Saturday 28 May 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 2.30pm. Boat Departs: 3.00pm. 3hrs duration.
Friday 3 June 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 6.00pm. Boat Departs: 6.30pm. 3hrs duration.
Friday 17 June 2016 Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 6.00pm. Boat Departs: 6.30pm. 3hrs duration.
Saturday 25 June 2016 – Arrive at Poole Quay: no later than 2.30pm. Boat Departs: 3.00pm. 3hrs duration.
Fee: Adult £14 per person
Under 16 years £7 per person
Book securely online at http://www.dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk/ocean-cruises.html or call 01305 264620