Plover Rovers - Talking the Coast

Plover Rovers - Talking the Coast

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Hi Plover Rovers, It’s The Seahorse Trust here, just saying Hi. We are the world specialists in British Seahorses and managed to get both species (the Spiny and the Short Snouted) recognised as a native species and protected in 2008. We managed to do this because we set up and run (since 1994) the World Seahorse Survey Database which includes the British Seahorse Database (over 2,000 sightings from the UK alone). In 2019 with our partners from Southampton University after trying since 2009 we finally managed to get Studland Bay made into a Marine Conservation Zone (we have also advised on many others around the country) which is great news for the Spiny Seahorses that live there.
Why I am reaching out to you is because we would like to offer your members a discount on our just launched Seahorse Ecology Course. It is an online course that can be done at your own speed and normally we would charge £65 but we would like to offer all of you a discount down to £50. Please check out our website and if you want to sign up, please go to the link on the web page. Thank you and hope you like it.

The Plover Rovers are a registered charity (1189992) dedicated to enhancing ocean literacy and empowering coastal communities through delivering exciting scientific talks all along the English Coast Path.

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Norfolk Coastal Nesting Birds project update — Birds on the Brink 04/09/2021

Norfolk Coastal Nesting Birds project update — Birds on the Brink

Great news from Norfolk where the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and Birds on the Brink have run a successful project to protect nesting birds from recreational disturbance. But even with electric fences and nest cages, only 4 out of 49 ringed plover chicks fledged... This just goes to show how vulnerable these birds are and that they need our help - educating human beach users is key! One fun way to do this is our interactive story "Choices", which - among other things - highlights dune ecosystems. Look up the author Sabú on our "Artists" page and check it out! 😁 www.plover-rovers.com/artists-1

#norfolkcoast #norfolk #ringedplover #conservation

Norfolk Coastal Nesting Birds project update — Birds on the Brink Earlier in the year Birds on the Brink joined forces with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust to fund measures aimed at helping nesting Little Terns and breeding waders on the north Norfolk coast. Here’s an update, informed by Beach Warden Theo de Clermont. It details the project’s impact on the avian wo...

31/08/2021

Our founder and director Scott was in London yesterday, supporting the "Impossible Rebellion". He was shortly interviewed for a live stream to present the point of view of a marine scientist. Talking about how as marine scientist we see effects of climate change daily both on a global and a local scale, he said that it can be very scary to be a marine scientist but added that he is hopeful that we can mitigate some of the effects of climate change through rewilding our coasts and working with nature.
If you want to do something to help, please consider moving your money away from the banks which continue to finance fossil fuels! The UK's five biggest banks – Barclays, HSBC, Natwest, Lloyds Banking Group and Standard Chartered – invested nearly £40.4bn into the coal industry alone between 2018 and 2020. An overview over possible alternatives is here: https://good-with-money.com/2021/07/02/top-5-ethical-current-accounts/#

29/08/2021

Throwback to the awesome event in Ilfracombe with The North Devon Marine Project - thanks again to everyone who helped set this up!! Plastic Free North Devon British Divers Marine Life Rescue 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🐟🦈🐙🐚🦀🦐🦑

IES Webinar: The development of a tool to implement nature-based solutions to coastal golf courses 26/08/2021

IES Webinar: The development of a tool to implement nature-based solutions to coastal golf courses

One for your diary: The The Institution of Environmental Sciences - IES are holding a webinar on the 9th September on the development of a tool to implement nature-based solutions to coastal golf courses. Speaker Mel Vural will be discussing the tool and how it can be applied to other coastal projects. It is free for both members and non-members to attend: https://www.the-ies.org/events/ies-webinar-development-tool

IES Webinar: The development of a tool to implement nature-based solutions to coastal golf courses A run through the wider context of this project and a live demonstration of the tool

21/08/2021

Meet us at #robinhoodsbay tomorrow between 11am and 3pm. Yorkshire artist Heather Burton will be painting live and chatting about her art and how the Yorkshire coast inspires her and marine scientist Scott will be at hand to talk about the local marine ecology and take you on a little rock pool ramble.
FREE to attend, all welcome! Find us at the slipway opposite the Old Coastguard Station. #whitby #northyorkshirecoast #northyorkshire #art #painting #coast #englishcoast

Meet us at #robinhoodsbay tomorrow between 11am and 3pm. Yorkshire artist Heather Burton will be painting live and chatting about her art and how the Yorkshire coast inspires her and marine scientist Scott will be at hand to talk about the local marine ecology and take you on a little rock pool ramble.
FREE to attend, all welcome! Find us at the slipway opposite the Old Coastguard Station. #whitby #northyorkshirecoast #northyorkshire #art #painting #coast #englishcoast

20/08/2021

Join us at #sandsend beach in #whitby tomorrow at 12pm for a beach comb and poetry workshop with Vienna Forrester. Meet us by the Sandside Cafe & let yourself be inspired by your own personal beach treasure! FREE to attend, all welcome! #northyorkshire #northyorkshirecoast

Join us at #sandsend beach in #whitby tomorrow at 12pm for a beach comb and poetry workshop with Vienna Forrester. Meet us by the Sandside Cafe & let yourself be inspired by your own personal beach treasure! FREE to attend, all welcome! #northyorkshire #northyorkshirecoast

Plover on the Move: Plover Rovers News 18/08/2021

Plover on the Move: Plover Rovers News

Our August newsletter has just gone out! Read about our first 10 in-person-events, delve into a poetic musical journey beneath the sea, experience the highlights and challenges of one of our LDWBs walk along the South coast of England and meet our walker-talker recruitment officer Kevin.

Plover on the Move: Plover Rovers News Welcome to the August issue of our newsletter! Our in-person events are well under way and we have already had some wonderful experiences and great feedback - it's so lovely when all the hard work pays off! A massive THANK YOU to all our walker-talkers, partners and of course LEOs for their hard wor...

Ocean trash makes waves as Indigenous art on display overseas 17/08/2021

Ocean trash makes waves as Indigenous art on display overseas

A beautiful piece of art and a powerful message of urgency.

Ocean trash makes waves as Indigenous art on display overseas

School of Ocean Sciences Alumni Autumn Newsletter 2020 15/08/2021

School of Ocean Sciences Alumni Autumn Newsletter 2020

Very happy to be featured in this summer's edition of The Bridge. Thanks to Bangor University for setting me on this path in the first place! #university #community #education #highereducation #alumni #bangor #bangoruniversity #lifejourney

School of Ocean Sciences Alumni Autumn Newsletter 2020 Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get them in front of Issuu’s millions of monthly readers. Title: School of Ocean Sciences Alumni Autumn Newsletter 2020, Author: Bangor...

13/08/2021

We have 4 events this weekend! Are you near any of them?

Engage with the marvels of your coastal environments, learn about the wonders of things often taken for granted, have fun and get creative! 😁 For more info read below or head to our website, and RSVP on our website: https://www.plover-rovers.com/events-1

A reminder that all of our events are FREE! Please do share with anyone you think might be interested - join us on our mission to empower coastal communities with knowledge of their marine environments 🌊

Portishead Salt Marshes Day — Saturday 14th — 11:00-17:00.

Celebrating the Salt Marshes of Portishead, the first ever Salt Marshes day here will include talks from scientists about the geology and ecology of the marshes, storytelling with tales from the marsh, an art exhibition, and kids activities such as mud sampling. Salt marshes are home to great biodiversity, and are also extremely valuable carbon sinks that help combat global warming. Feel free to drop in whenever you can!

We're extremely happy to be working with Friends of Portbury Nature Reserve and Curlew Action to run this event! You can learn more about Salt Marshes Day here: https://www.portburywharfnaturereserve.co.uk/salt-marshes-day/

Reculver Beach Day — Saturday 14th — 10:00-15:00

Join us for a celebration of the beautiful wildlife on the Kent coast, with a range of activities including Rockpool Safari, talks about the local wildlife, and Dog Training to help protect wildlife from our excitable furry friends! We have joined forces with the fantastic Birdwise East Kent, Anna Outdoors and Savvy Sea Dogs to make this day fun, educational and memorable for you!

Discover Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area — Sunday 15th — 10:00-12:00

In the face of overfishing, pollution and climate change, the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area is a success story that shows that ocean conservation is possible, with local communities being empowered to manage and protect their coastal environment. In this event Dr Adam Rees from the Blue Marine Foundation will talk about the challenges and successes of the Area, and afterwards we'll walk down to the beach for a beach clean with 5 things clear!

What's In Our Waters? — Sunday 15th — 11:00-16:00

Join us for a host of activities to get involved with marine science: a plastics survey and beach clean, VR headsets to immerse yourself in the underwater world, talks on protecting land and sea ecosystems, and our mission for the decarbonisation of maritime travel (potentially including a demonstration on an electric sailboat, Nazca!). This event also has an amazing bunch of partners - North Devon Marine Project, Plastic Free North Devon, the North Devon Biosphere and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

We have 4 events this weekend! Are you near any of them?

Engage with the marvels of your coastal environments, learn about the wonders of things often taken for granted, have fun and get creative! 😁 For more info read below or head to our website, and RSVP on our website: https://www.plover-rovers.com/events-1

A reminder that all of our events are FREE! Please do share with anyone you think might be interested - join us on our mission to empower coastal communities with knowledge of their marine environments 🌊

Portishead Salt Marshes Day — Saturday 14th — 11:00-17:00.

Celebrating the Salt Marshes of Portishead, the first ever Salt Marshes day here will include talks from scientists about the geology and ecology of the marshes, storytelling with tales from the marsh, an art exhibition, and kids activities such as mud sampling. Salt marshes are home to great biodiversity, and are also extremely valuable carbon sinks that help combat global warming. Feel free to drop in whenever you can!

We're extremely happy to be working with Friends of Portbury Nature Reserve and Curlew Action to run this event! You can learn more about Salt Marshes Day here: https://www.portburywharfnaturereserve.co.uk/salt-marshes-day/

Reculver Beach Day — Saturday 14th — 10:00-15:00

Join us for a celebration of the beautiful wildlife on the Kent coast, with a range of activities including Rockpool Safari, talks about the local wildlife, and Dog Training to help protect wildlife from our excitable furry friends! We have joined forces with the fantastic Birdwise East Kent, Anna Outdoors and Savvy Sea Dogs to make this day fun, educational and memorable for you!

Discover Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area — Sunday 15th — 10:00-12:00

In the face of overfishing, pollution and climate change, the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area is a success story that shows that ocean conservation is possible, with local communities being empowered to manage and protect their coastal environment. In this event Dr Adam Rees from the Blue Marine Foundation will talk about the challenges and successes of the Area, and afterwards we'll walk down to the beach for a beach clean with 5 things clear!

What's In Our Waters? — Sunday 15th — 11:00-16:00

Join us for a host of activities to get involved with marine science: a plastics survey and beach clean, VR headsets to immerse yourself in the underwater world, talks on protecting land and sea ecosystems, and our mission for the decarbonisation of maritime travel (potentially including a demonstration on an electric sailboat, Nazca!). This event also has an amazing bunch of partners - North Devon Marine Project, Plastic Free North Devon, the North Devon Biosphere and British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

Photos from Plover Rovers - Talking the Coast's post 12/08/2021

It was great to be at Wembury last monday! Massive thanks to everyone involved including the inspirational John Spicer and Taylor for their wonderful talks and knowledge about the Wembury rockpools and their inhabitants. Big shout out to Wembury Marine Centre for their support and loan of the information sheets; Gemma Carter Artist for contributing her beautiful art; and the Old Mill Cafe for the lovely food and the use of their table.

11/08/2021

Join us for an exciting one day event where we invite you to take part in some vital marine science! Sunday 15th August 11am @ Illfracombe Harbour

Join us for an exciting one day event where we invite you to take part in some vital marine science. Get involved in a plastic survey and beach clean at Ilfracombe Harbour and find out what's really in the waters right on your doorstep.

Partnering with the The North Devon Marine Project, Plover Rovers - Talking the Coast, North Devon Biosphere and British Divers Marine Life Rescue there will be a host of activities and talks across the day; VR headsets to immerse yourself in the underwater world, face painting, rock pooling, info on protecting our land and sea ecosystems, and The North Devon Marine Project's mission for the decarbonisation of the maritime world. Weather permitting they will be doing a trawling demo on their electric sailboat, Nazca.

If your particularly keen on helping with the survey please email [email protected]. We will need you from 11am.

Full event details >>> https://fb.me/e/5kp4pXLrc

#plasticfreenorthdevon #ClimateEmergency #CommunityAction

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Photos from Portishead Salt Marshes's post 08/08/2021

This will definitely go up as a poster on the Plover Rovers' office wall! Can't wait for this awesome event to go down! Make sure to join us on Aug 14th if you are in the Bristol area!

07/08/2021

1 week to go!

1 week to go!! This will be so cool! 🤗

Photos from Walking England's South Coast for Marine Conservation's post 29/07/2021

OMG less than a week to go now and Kathryn's walk from Bournemouth to London will be completed!! Amazing stuff!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

29/07/2021

It's Earth Overshoot Day today! But what does that mean?? Here's some information taken from https://www.overshootday.org/about/: To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day for each year, Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in a year:
(Planet’s Biocapacity / Humanity’s Ecological Footprint) x 365 = Earth Overshoot Day
Global Ecological Footprint and biocapacity metrics are calculated each year in the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts. Using UN statistics, these accounts incorporate the latest data and the most updated accounting methodology (the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts 2021 Edition feature 2017 data.) To estimate this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, Ecological Footprint and biocapacity are “nowcasted” to the current year using the latest data from additional sources, such as the Global Carbon Project.
To maintain consistency with the latest reported data and science, the Ecological Footprint metrics for all past years since 1961 (the earliest year data is available) are recalculated every year, so each year’s metrics share a common data set and the exact same accounting method. The annual dates of Earth Overshoot Day are recalculated accordingly.
Consequently, it is inaccurate to simply look at media accounts from previous years to determine past Earth Overshoot Days. Indeed, a true apples-to-apples comparison of Earth Overshoot Days can only be made using the same edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts. For instance, it would make no sense to compare the date of Earth Overshoot Day 2007 as it was calculated that year—and reported by the media at the time—with the date of Earth Overshoot Day 2020, because improved historical data and new findings such as lower net carbon sequestration by forests have slightly shifted the results. Even a few percentage points change can shift the date of Earth Overshoot Day by a good number of days.
This is why, ultimately, the precise Earth Overshoot Day date for each year is less significant than the sheer magnitude of the ecological overshoot, as well as the overall trend of the date progression year over year—which, as you now understand, is rigorously identical to that of the Ecological Footprint (given the fact that biocapacity remains basically unchanged.) Over the last decades, the date has been creeping up the calendar every year, although at a slowing rate.

It's Earth Overshoot Day today! But what does that mean?? Here's some information taken from https://www.overshootday.org/about/: To determine the date of Earth Overshoot Day for each year, Global Footprint Network calculates the number of days of that year that Earth’s biocapacity suffices to provide for humanity’s Ecological Footprint. The remainder of the year corresponds to global overshoot. Earth Overshoot Day is computed by dividing the planet’s biocapacity (the amount of ecological resources Earth is able to generate that year), by humanity’s Ecological Footprint (humanity’s demand for that year), and multiplying by 365, the number of days in a year:
(Planet’s Biocapacity / Humanity’s Ecological Footprint) x 365 = Earth Overshoot Day
Global Ecological Footprint and biocapacity metrics are calculated each year in the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts. Using UN statistics, these accounts incorporate the latest data and the most updated accounting methodology (the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts 2021 Edition feature 2017 data.) To estimate this year’s Earth Overshoot Day, Ecological Footprint and biocapacity are “nowcasted” to the current year using the latest data from additional sources, such as the Global Carbon Project.
To maintain consistency with the latest reported data and science, the Ecological Footprint metrics for all past years since 1961 (the earliest year data is available) are recalculated every year, so each year’s metrics share a common data set and the exact same accounting method. The annual dates of Earth Overshoot Day are recalculated accordingly.
Consequently, it is inaccurate to simply look at media accounts from previous years to determine past Earth Overshoot Days. Indeed, a true apples-to-apples comparison of Earth Overshoot Days can only be made using the same edition of the National Footprint and Biocapacity Accounts. For instance, it would make no sense to compare the date of Earth Overshoot Day 2007 as it was calculated that year—and reported by the media at the time—with the date of Earth Overshoot Day 2020, because improved historical data and new findings such as lower net carbon sequestration by forests have slightly shifted the results. Even a few percentage points change can shift the date of Earth Overshoot Day by a good number of days.
This is why, ultimately, the precise Earth Overshoot Day date for each year is less significant than the sheer magnitude of the ecological overshoot, as well as the overall trend of the date progression year over year—which, as you now understand, is rigorously identical to that of the Ecological Footprint (given the fact that biocapacity remains basically unchanged.) Over the last decades, the date has been creeping up the calendar every year, although at a slowing rate.

Talking the Coast

We want to help to raise awareness of much needed solutions for our complex coastal challenges. By increasing ocean literacy through bringing together the scientific and professional marine community with coastal communities all along the English coast, we aim to play a part in the urgently needed transformation of coastal economies to benefit people and nature, among other things with a healthier coastal and marine environment.

We want to cultivate an understanding and appreciation for the role the ocean plays in all our lives. The coast is the gateway to the ocean and coastal communities are intrinsically linked to sea and land. Increasing our knowledge about the ocean and the marine environment in general means we will be better suited to face the sea!

We want to raise awareness for the current plight of the ocean and of coastal ecosystems but at the same time empower local people to work towards a brighter future through the realisation that as part of the coastal community they can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Therefore, one of the aims of our project is to create sustained engagement.

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