Supporting Organisations

Over the last five months I have made  links with Dr Phillip Cowie University Marine Biological Station Millport, Marine Conservation Society in Scotland and  I intend to feed information back to their forthcoming Big Beach Watch event ,  who are providing marine biology training, and  Keep Scotland Beautiful and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

All are supporting me with information and recording techniques.

The art-science direction of  project is inspired visiting  Dr Cowie  at the Millport Station located at the mouth of the Clyde,  in April.  He and his students are engaged in the examination of the impact of marine litter on the organisms within the Scottish Marine Environment. Their  research  into the ingestion of  plastic particles  in micro-organisms has highlighted the insidious nature of this pollutant and has indicated that plastics could be passed through the food webs from lower invertebrates to top predators such as fish, seabirds and marine mammals.

MBS summary   e mail

I plan to take up the UMBSM offer of attending marine biology laboratory sessions to increase my knowledge of observation and analysis techniques and methods which will be crucial for the project. Unfortunately the station has had undergone massive  funding cuts  and while the station is now secure  its future vital research role hangs in the balance.  It will be a terrible loss to the marine world and our understanding of what is happening as a consequence of marine litter if the research programme is  not continued  . http://www.gla.ac.uk/centres/marinestation/

When initially conceiving this project I approached the Marine Conservation Society  Scotland  (MCSS), in order to begin to understand beach litter and what is being done to change the situation in this country and globally. The MSC  was set up over twenty years ago to monitor and campaign for the health of our marine environments, their website offers wonderfully up to date information on marine health, wildlife and the complex issues surrounding this environment.

MCS classification of beach litter

MCS classification of beach litter

 Joining several beach cleans I have become aware of how regular methodical recording of litter on beaches several times a year,  has enabled  the documentation and analysis of  litter trends on hundreds of beaches  around the whole of the UK. Many areas still don’t any have any monitoring and the Wester Ross coast is one of the areas that MCS want to reach and encourage monitoring of. In choosing  to develop  my project in Ullapool in Wester Ross I am hoping that I might leave a legacy of people keen to  collect information and join in beach clean ups.

The event phase of ‘Littoral’ in Ullapool is planned to follow on from the MCS Big Beach Clean which takes place all over the UK over the 20th-23rd September, anyone is welcome to join in at a beach in your area: check out the beach watch links in Scotland and the rest of the UK

When initially conceiving this project I approached the Marine Conservation Society  Scotland  (MCSS), in order to begin to understand beach litter and what is being done to change the situation in this country and globally. The MSC  was set up over twenty years ago to monitor and campaign for the health of our marine environments, their website offers wonderfully up to date information on marine health, wildlife and the complex issues surrounding this environment.

 Joining several beach cleans I have become aware of how regular methodical recording of litter on beaches several times a year,  has enabled  the documentation and analysis of  litter trends on hundreds of beaches  around the whole of the UK. Many areas still don’t any have any monitoring and the Wester Ross coast is one of the areas that MCS want to reach and encourage monitoring of. In choosing  to develop  my project in Ullapool in Wester Ross I am hoping that I might leave a legacy of people keen to  collect information and join in beach clean ups.

The event phase of ‘Littoral’ in Ullapool is planned to follow on from the MCS Big Beach Clean which takes place all over the UK over the 20th-23rd September, anyone is welcome to join in at a beach in your area: check out the beach watch links in Scotland and the rest of the UK

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