Grey Seal at Farne Islands Mark Kirkland

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Waves at sea level Thierry Meier

16 Aug 2022

Unsigned = unprotected: UN High Seas Treaty

After four failed attempts, world leaders are meeting for a fifth time since 2018 to try to pass the UN High Seas Treaty. We need leaders to act now, for the future of our ocean and planet.

Houses of Parliament Luxstorm

15 Aug 2022

Green credentials of the next Prime Minister

Boris Johnson’s resignation on the 7th July 2022 triggered a Conservative leadership race to become the new Prime Minister. But just how green are the credentials of his potential successor?

Veta Wade 2

12 Aug 2022

From interviewee to Marine Ecologist

While working on a Marine Turtle Action Plan for Monsterrat, we met Veta Wade, an ocean conservationist from this small volcanic island. Having seen Veta's passion, drive, and love of the ocean and marine conservation, we built a working relationship and

Lundy Island

11 Aug 2022

Lundy: A pioneering Marine Protected Area

The Marine Protected Area around the island of Lundy in the outer Bristol Channel is 50 years old this year. In our summer members magazine, Robert Irving, a long-time participant in the management of the Lundy MPA, looks at what makes Lundy special.

Beach clean flag

10 Aug 2022

Learn how to run a beach clean

We’re running free online training webinars that take you through everything you need to know to set up and carry out a Marine Conservation Society beach clean and litter survey.

Sunfish - Mark Harris

9 Aug 2022

Mola mola, so good to see

In the summer edition of Marine Conservation Society's members magazine, Ocean Ambassador Tom ‘The Blowfish’ Hird wrote a fascinating piece about the ocean sunfish. Dive into his article to find out all about the mola mola.

Puffin coming into land Skomer Wales John Archer-Thompson

2 Aug 2022

Beaches and bird flu

Unfortunately, a bird flu (avian influenza) outbreak is affecting seabirds and other birds in the UK right now. If you’re heading to the beach this summer and see a sick or dead bird, here’s what to do.

Kelp, Orkney, Scotland. Alison Moore

28 Jul 2022

What we can learn from seaweed

From dabberlocks to bladder wrack and sugar kelp to thongweed, there are over 650 species of seaweed found around the UK. Each plays a vital role in supporting the health of our ocean and planet, and can tell us vital information about the effects of climate change – but how?

blue jellyfish A Pearson.jpg

26 Jul 2022

Jellyfish: Helpful hero, not stinging villain

Fucoid seaweed Georgie Bull

26 Jul 2022

The power and potential of seaweed

Seaweed is something we almost always encounter when down by the coast. But what is it used for apart from a salty snack, spa treatments and sushi? We’re sharing some lesser-known uses of seaweed to show just how versatile it is.


22 Jul 2022

Buoy zone: Our latest seagrass restoration work in ‘No Anchor Zone’ at Portland Harbour


15 Jul 2022

Summer fun by the sea

Taking a trip to the coast this summer? We’ve put together a list of some great seaside activities you can get up to whilst you’re there.

Bladderwrack seaweed

30 Jun 2022

Get Seaweed Search ready with our new events

Hawksbill and Green turtle in the Caribbean UKOTs

28 Jun 2022

The true value of marine turtles

Shells- Unsplash- Mick-Haupt

24 Jun 2022

Let’s talk about shells

We’ve been talking to Helen Scales, author of ‘What a Shell Can Tell’. We learn about the interesting shells in our seas and on our shores, and the impact of human activity and climate change on them.

2 Young green turtle over seagrass bed in TCI RGB - Peter Richardson MCS

17 Jun 2022

"What do turtles do all day?" and other questions...

We've been chatting to Dr Peter Richardson, our in-house turtle expert, all about marine turtles to get the low-down on these charismatic creatures

Kelp, Orkney, Scotland. Alison Moore

8 Jun 2022

Beneath the Waves: Our new supporter events

We're excited to be launching our new online supporter events, Beneath the Waves. These events will run three times a year, with the first taking place on 22nd June 2022.

Volunteer Kerrie Portobello

1 Jun 2022

Meet some of our volunteers

Ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer with us? Our volunteers Kerrie and Sean give us the lowdown and why they decided to get involved with our work, what they’ve been up to and what they’ve learned from the experience

Volunteer at the Great British Beach Clean 2020 Tara Proud

1 Jun 2022

Ways to volunteer with us

It doesn't matter if you live near to the coast or in a landlocked city, there are lots of great ways to get involved with our work.

Lobster pots in Arbroath, Scotland

31 May 2022

The lowdown on crab and lobster in the UK

There’s been a lot of talk about crab and lobster potting lately. We give the lowdown on what’s happening with these species and what the future might hold.