Open letter to Fergus Ewing (2017)

Dear Mr Ewing,  Sea Change Wester Ross would like to draw your attention to our series of ‘Happy Birthday’ films made to celebrate Wester Ross Marine Protected Area’s first year.  We are a local community marine conservation group set up to articulate public concern about the marine environment and encourage greater protection of the ecosystem.

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Happy Birthday Wester Ross Marine Protected Area (Film three)

Celebrating and Safeguarding the Future of Our MPA The third in a series of three ‘Happy Birthday’ films dives deeper into the process of discovery within the Wester Ross MPA articulating our desire to preserve the MPA’s ‘umbrella effect’ as outlined in the two previous films. We explore highlights of the MPA, discovering some still intact and unrecorded maerl

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A Special Happy Birthday to Wester Ross Marine Protected Area (film two)

In celebration of Wester Ross MPA’s first Birthday on 23rd March 2017, Sea Change have made three films which share appreciation of the MPA and encourage support for its protection and recovery.  The second film explains why Wester Ross Marine Protected Area is so special and why it needs protecting. The footage shows how the parts of

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Happy Birthday Wester Ross Marine Protected Area – we love you!

We love Wester Ross MPA and it is shortly to have its first birthday on the 23rd of March 2017! To celebrate Sea Change have made three films to share our appreciation of the MPA and to encourage support for it’s protection and recovery. The first film gives people an underwater glimpse of the unique and

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The Lost Birds of The Summer Isles

In his book ‘Island Years’[i] Frank Fraser Darling the ecologist and ornithologist recalls his life on The Summer Isles where in 1936 he counted and studied the birds he found there. He describes what he calls ‘the noise and abandon with it all, for the sea birds express their emotions with great intensity, and the

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Seasearch & Dives of Discovery in the Summer Isles Archipelago (2017)

On March 23rd 2017, Wester Ross Marine Protected Area will have it’s first birthday!  The network of MPAs are an historic turning point in Scotland – representing hope for our fragile blue planet, at least in this small corner of the world. Yet our ocean ecosystem is still under threat and the question Sea Change grapples with is

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Scallop Divers are our Eyes

Please read an email written by a Highland scallop diver back in 2015 before the creation of Wester Ross Marine Protected Area. This is an eye witness account of the impact of dredgers in inshore waters as seen from a fishermen’s first hand account. The situation has moved on since then as Richard Lochhead, the former Minister responsible for MPAs, banned dredgers from Wester

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More Jacques Cousteau’s please!

“The sea, the great unifier, is man’s only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.”  Jacques Yves Cousteau, Oceanographer Cousteau’s TV series enthralled me as a child – so for those who share my nostalgia and would like to re-live the excitement of discovery on

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The Accidental Environmentalist

Beatrice Brinkler would never have described herself as an environmentalist. She first starting looking after sick and injured animals over 30 years ago but she didn’t plan to set up The Highland Wildlife Hospital Trust and I doubt if she would have seen herself  holding a banner in support of Marine Protection Areas at Holyrood

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