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24 November 2009

Marine Conservation Society

Our liaison officer Laura Bates reports from the Marine Conservation Society’s AGM in Lancashire last week.
 
The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Lancashire Group hosted an evening event for members and non-members earlier this week, and two of us from Irish Sea Conservation Zones were able to join them.
 
It was an evening of celebrations – the 21st Anniversary of the Lancashire group, the eight years commitment by Sir Geoffrey Newman as the chairman of the MCS, and of course the recent Royal Assent of the Marine and Coastal Access Act for which MCS tirelessly campaigned.
 
Our project manager, Rowan Byrne, was invited to say a few words about the project and the process for designating marine conservation zones in the Irish Sea. 
 
The evening provided a superb opportunity to meet many who had attended our county workshop in Blackpool in October, and to meet many more wildlife enthusiasts and divers living in Lancashire. 
 
It was a really interesting evening and I look forward to working with sea users to document their local knowledge through a short questionnaire and mapping exercise, which will then be considered by the regional stakeholder group.
 
Even Sir Geoffrey Newman agreed to find time to go through the questionnaire with me. I was delighted.