Survey of honey comb worms

Hi all, Here is a link to the online honey comb worm survey: Online honey comb worm survey

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Irish Times: European Commission is running a ‘fitness check’ on the EU birds and habitats directives

Irish Times article on European Commission running a ‘fitness check’ on the EU birds and habitats directives: why-we-still-need-europe-to-stand-guard-over-irish-nature

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Please look out for scallop dredging near Natura 2000 sites and update on Blacksod Bay

Coastwatchers please look out for and report to us and the SFPA local office any inshore scallop dredging   in and around Natura 2000 sites. The ideal report includes time, place, boat  name/number, if you saw the boat landing scallops where that was.   Why?  Because dredging scallops in our inshore most sensitive Natura 2000 sites […]

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News: Temporary voluntary cessation of scallop fishing in Blacksod Bay

This evening the department  contacted Coastwatch to say that  the North West Regional Inshore Fisheries Forum meeting agreed that there will be a temporary voluntary cessation of scallop fishing in Blacksod Bay. We welcome this step by fishermen. It is still up to government to lead and provide adequate legislation  for  our designated Natura 2000 […]

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Aerial survey of Honeycomb reef, Waterford

This afternoon,  Coastwatcher Emmet Delaney was taken up by Waterford Flying club to  check whether Honeycomb worm reef  can be seen from the air. They flew over an area  of the Waterford estuary surveyed earlier by foot. The answer is – Yes it  can be seen!  At least the fresh reef in the Waterford estuary, […]

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Coastwatch Dublin City Seashell Poster

Here are links to two posters on seashells: biodiversity shells bivalve poster biodiversity gastropods poster

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Photographs of honeycomb and chiton at Waterford estuary

Honeycomb as far as the eye can see- Duncannon not too far off: Chiton at Grange beach:

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A quest to beat the European Sabellaria reef size record has been launched

  PRESS Release MAY 19th 2015 – COASTWATCH Contact Karin Dubsky 086 8111 684 kdubsky@coastwatch.org A ONE KILOMETER LONG HONEYCOMB WORM (Sabellaria ) REEF HAS BEEN REPORTED IN THE WATERFORD ESTUARY. VOLUNTEERS WALKED AND PHOTOGRAPHED THE REEF AT LOW TIDE AND ARE LOOKING FOR MORE. A QUEST TO BEAT THE EUROPEAN SABELLARIA REEF SIZE RECORD HAS […]

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Introduction to marine invertebrates – workshop: Sat 16th May, Sandycove

Hi Coastwatchers,  The National biodiversity Data Centre are offering a workshop ‘introduction to marine invertebrates’ to take place in Sandycove, Dublin on Saturday 16th May in association with Seasearch Ireland. It could be really good for those thinking of going into marine science area .. To register for the workshop visit http://www.biodiversityireland.ie/events/ (€20 registration fee) […]

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