Fri, 22 Oct

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Beulah Hall

Conserving the Bexhill Seashore

A look at some of the iconic species supported by the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) of Beachy Head East which the local community campaigned to be established in 2018-19.

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Conserving the Bexhill Seashore

Time & Location

22 Oct 2021, 19:15

Beulah Hall, Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea, UK

About the Event

A talk about the MCZ Beachy Head East and some of its most important features, highlighting the exceptional biodiversity of the Royal Sovereign Shoals,  the importance of biogenic reefs for biodiversity using the example of mussel beds, and also the fact that this site was actually proposed by the local fishing community! The talk will focus on some of the “iconic” species which are found within the MCZ and talk about each for a bit: Native Oyster (heritage of oyster fisheries, pacific oysters and invasive species in general, native oyster conservation projects), Seahorses (vulnerability, life cycle) and European eel (life cycle, historic importance, decline in numbers, challenges for conservation projects). We will finish off with a discussion of the potential of rewilding coastal areas and how this can help mitigate climate change effects.

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