Cool morning out and about on the Thames Estuary doing some site visits for the Thames Monitoring Project. I likey like.
I also learned today that you can get married on The London Eye! You say your wedding vows whilst going up, kiss at the top and then it’s all down hill from there…..
Happy International Women’s Day everyone!
Shout out to my 82 year old Grandma who has recently conquered the art of emojis… damn right…. she bought herself an IPad… Legend.
I was reading a recent BBC news article earlier today about the desperate situation at Maya Beach in Thailand. A once idyllic and flourishing beach that became littered and ecologically damaged due to it being a popular tourist destination. A huge increase in tourists was subsequent to the filming at Maya Beach of the feature film ‘The Beach’ during the mid 90’s. A huge conservation effort, including a total shutdown of the beach itself and the surrounding bay, has lead to the local ecology starting to recover. Yay!
But this got me thinking… (always dangerous..)
Perhaps the Maya Beach recovery is a sign that Thailand is turning a page in its effort to preserve its precious natural resources. But for a nation so dependent on tourists and their cash, it could also just be proof of how grim a situation has to get before enforced action to help the local biodiversity. The total area experiencing coral reef damage in Thailand has increased from 30% to 77% in just one decade! Staggering.
Dr Thon Thamrongnawasawat, a marine scientist from Kasetsart University (who studied Maya Bay and the area for 40 years and was hired by the ministry to survey the environmental damage and lead the rehabilitation) blames polluted water (most often released by beachfront hotels) and plastic waste dumped into the ocean as the main causes of damage to coral reefs in this area.
Figure.1. This satellite image shows the huge conservation efforts put in place to save Maya Beach and the wildlife that inhabits there.
Globally, coral reef health is declining at an unprecedented rate and tourism plays its part in this. So in the spirit of this article, I feel it necessary to highlight the need for better responsible tourism at vulnerable habitat spots and I cant help but feel this boils down to three key things. Education, research and of course, funding.
Information source and BBC news article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_beach_nobody_can_touch
As well as being unsightly, litter is a serious social, economic and environmental problem. It causes harm to communities and wildlife, and in an era where local authorities’ budgets are coming under increasing pressure, costs over £1billion each year to clear up. Yet it is entirely preventable. By us.
“In the past few decades we have become a society that consumes on the go, with all the packaging that goes along with it. If you buy something – be it a packet of crisps or a bottle of water – you buy the packaging as well and it is your responsibility to dispose of that packaging appropriately by recycling it or putting it in the bin. And, if we’re not near a bin we need to keep that rubbish with us until we are. To do otherwise is not only against the law but it is also damaging to our environment.” – CEO of Keep Britain Tidy (Allison Ogden-Newton)
For any Londoners reading this; The Port of London Authority (PLA) have a system whereby when you collect litter during a foreshore/river clean, you can report your findings through their website and contribute to a valuable database, enabling crucial research.
Link to PLA website: https://server1.pla.co.uk/Environment/Reporting-your-Thames-litter-clean-up
Yesterday was Charles Darwin’s (1809-1882) birthday. What a bloke.
“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”
Thanks for everything Charles e.g The Theory of Evolution….
(Photo credit: Ben Garrod)
Today I got paid to go to a three hour meeting about water voles. Living my best life.
“A child born today will see an Everest largely free of glaciers within their lifetime.”
Would this be the case if global warming wasn’t ‘a thing’? Absolutely not.
Is this ok? Absolutely not.
Will it make a difference? Absolutely, yes.
Thousands of organisms rely on glaciers as their ecosystem. No glaciers equals a huge loss in some very important organisms, both micro and macroscopic.
Sorry to be all doom and gloom, but I just cannot understand for the life of me why this is not at the forefront of news. Too frustrating for words really…. So I’ll just write a whole paragraph on it…
Glaciers reveal clues about global warming. For example, how much does our atmosphere naturally warm up between Ice Ages? And how does human activity affect the climate? Glaciers are incredibly sensitive to temperature fluctuations following climate change and direct glacier observation may help answer these questions. Since the early twentieth century, with few exceptions, glaciers around the world have been shrinking at unprecedented rates. Many scientists believe this massive glacial retreat relates back to the Industrial Revolution, which began around 1760. The hideous fact is that several ice caps, glaciers and ice shelves have disappeared altogether in this century, with many retreating so rapidly that they may vanish within just a matter of decades…
Kick starting the year with this cheeky relaxing slow mo I took down at my favourite beach! Whack in the headphones and enjoy!
Wishing all my readers a very happy and healthy New Year!
In 2018 I travelled to Iceland and Dubai. I graduated from university with a 2:1 (Hons) in Marine Biology and Oceanography and two months later moved to London from Devon and got offered a job as a project officer at the Thames Estuary Partnership. I could not be more grateful or appreciative. What a bloody year! But of course, the year had its low points too, as does everyone’s.
Welcome 2019! Fuck me. You came out of nowhere…
This is the year where I am determined to push myself further out of my comfort zone in terms of not just travel, but also life (creeping towards existential-ness’s’s’s…)
This post is unorganised, sorry.. I always feel pressure on New Years to make a load of classic New Years resolutions and what not.. But for now (following on from the existential-ness..) you will find me back in Devon, feet up by the fire with a Baileys in hand and dreading the thought of my drive back to London on Saturday, after having a cracking couple of weeks off.
Let’s make 2019 a smashing one. Time to save the planet and its precious wildlife.
The Baileys is kicking in.
Repost from: Explore Marine Life With The University of Plymouth
What do our undergraduates go on to do after they complete their degrees? Meet Eve Angelina Sanders who left the SW for the bright lights of London to work for the Thames Estuary Partnership earlier this year!
From September 2015 to June 2018 I studied at University of Plymouth on the BSc Marine Biology and Oceanography degree course. Although I graduated just over five months ago, I am now employed as the ‘Thames Citizen Fish Officer’ working for the Thames Estuary Partnership based at the UCL in London. My job requires me to develop methods for citizen scientists, helping them with things like monitoring fish nursery grounds, safeguarding the natural habitat for plants and invertebrates at different sites around the Thames Estuary and raising awareness of the wildlife in general. I love it!
Studying at the University of Plymouth did so much more than just give me the invaluable skills that I need for my new job. Alongside the engaging lectures, the teaching staff across the whole of the University of Plymouth’s marine biology sector were incredibly supportive and always willing to help where they could. This meant any questions I had (regarding not only the course content but also academia in general) were quickly answered. The practical side of the degree (field trip to a Swedish fjord in Kristineberg and the numerous research vessel trips in Plymouth Sound to study the physical, chemical and ecological aspects of the water) were a lot of fun and gave me the hands-on experience that employers in this field are often eager to see on a CV. Together I feel both of these course aspects (practical experience and the lectures) gave me well-rounded skills and a knowledge base which were crucial to me getting the job I’m in today.