Welcome to the September YMB Blog!

Hello and welcome to the September YMB Blog! We hope you enjoyed reading last month’s stories? So today we have lots of exciting marine biology news, information about upcoming events and our first ever YMB Member Article for you. Continue reading to find out more.

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Latest Marine Biology News

Have you been tuned in to the latest news?! Everyday marine scientists discover new knowledge, re-encounter lost species and come up with some incredible solutions to solve problems. Here are some highlights of what the marine biology community has been talking about over the past month:

On the 12th August, scientists announced that the Greenland shark could be the oldest vertebrate (animal with a backbone) in the world. Researchers estimated that a specimen studied was 400-year-old! Read more on this story here

On the 22nd August, the Devon Wildlife Trust was proud to announce that the St Piran’s hermit crab was recorded at Wembury for the first time in 30 years! Find out more about this exciting find here

St Piran’s crab, Clibanarius erythropus

Have you heard of Biomimicry? The discipline involves imitating models, systems, and elements of nature to help solve problems in our everyday lives. In recent months, scientists reported some ingenious ideas inspired by sea creatures, including the development of materials that can change appearance like jellyfish and squid skin and a new device for space exploration inspired by sea urchin teeth. It’s all about being creative and knowing the world around you. Maybe you also have some ingenious ideas of your own?

A little boat called WEST has been on a journey to complete circle the Atlantic Ocean for over 2 years! WEST is part of a Educational Passages initiative to provide students of all ages with a multi-disciplinary learning experience about the ocean, wind patterns and much more. Having departed from Westbrook, Maine (USA) in December 2013, WEST has been to Portugal, the Mediterranean Sea and the Madeira and Emerald Islands. WEST is now on its way to Ireland, just in time for the Annual Meeting of the European Marine Science Educations Association, scheduled for Belfast Ireland in October 2016. To find out more about the adventures of this little boat, follow this link.

Upcoming Events

It may be time to be back at school, but while the summer is still here, weekends can be packed full of fun. So if you are wondering what might be going on at a shore near you, I hope I found some interesting events that might interest you:

There is still time to join the MBA at the Croyde BioBlitz (North Devon, UK) on the 17-18 September. Or on 14-15 October to come help with the MBA’s annual BioBlitz which is taking place here in Plymouth. Never heard of a BioBlitz? Find out more about these fun events here, which are also a great opportunity to learn about wildlife recording and meet experts and other like-minded people. We are always looking for extra volunteers to help at these events so get in touch if you would like to be involved.

It’s the Great British Beach Clean this weekend! Events will be taking place across the country so make sure you join the Marine Conservation Society in this national effort to help remove litter from the marine environment. Find an event near you here.

The summer has been filled with seashore activities on and around Thanet Coast, Kent, so don’t miss out on what is still to come. Also check out the KENT Wildlife Trust events page for more options.

Based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Hiddens Horizons also have a few coastal events planned. Check out their page for dates and details. Hopefully you will be able to join them before the summer ends!

Impressive environmental programme to enjoy at Swansea, from night time seaside safaris to woodland fun days. Browse this brochure from page 36 to plan your events calendar in South Wales up to December 2016! Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority also has some interesting things going on.

Dorset Wildlife Trust also has an exciting programme ahead. Check it out here

YMB Member Article: Would you like to directly help wildlife? Then hear from Jordan!

“My name is Jordan Havell, I am 15 years old and I am passionate about wildlife. I recently won an Animal Hero Award in the Daily Mirror/RSPCA Awards, at a star-studded event in London. I was given a Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year Award, for my work on my “Stranded Mammals” poster campaign; my award was given to me by Chris Packham, which was a brilliant feeling! It all started when a stranded harbour porpoise was found on the beach at Sutton on Sea in April 2014. We could not get any help for it, which was really frustrating and it made me very annoyed. I wanted to do something to help. As a result, I wrote to the local council to try to organise having posters put up with emergency numbers on, so that everyone could help if they spotted a stranded mammal. It took 4 months of effort to get my idea approved and then in November, after getting authority from BDMLR to use their posters, we had them put up along our coastline. It was suggested to them that it was such a good idea that we should put them up right around the UK!

Jordan is the young man in the white shirt on the front row in this picture receiving his Animal Hero Award

I set about contacting every coastal council to ask them do the same. I knew that if just one mammal was aided it would have been worth the effort. Guernsey did not have a poster at all and after I spoke to them they suggested that I design one for them. I did just that and now it’s in used right around the island as a result! We now know that so far at least 2 mammals have been saved here as a result! That’s only in my area, without knowing if others have been saved in other areas around the UK. Along with my parents, I often check the coastline here and report anything that needs reporting, such as hazards found on the beach.

The next step: I would love to meet other presenters to talk to them about this campaign. I have undertaken work experience recently at Natureland, Skegness, to further my knowledge and would love to do it again.”

By: Jordan Havell, YMB aged 15

If you want to have a look at Jordan’s Poster, or find out more about Jordan’s campaign, his recent Gerald Durrell Gold award for Conservation, or even want to help and get in touch, visit Jordan’s Facebook page.


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Sep 20, 2016 By elibas