RSPB VACANCY!! Conservation Officer – Marine

Location: Newcastle

Salary: £20,000 to £24,000 per annum pro rata

Hours: Part time, 3.5 days per week

Contract: Maternity Cover

Closing date: 24 November 2013
Interview date: 3 December 2013

Applications: visit the RSPB job web page here

The RSPB is seeking someone with knowledge and a passion for marine nature conservation to help protect and enhance the globally important coastal and marine areas off the North East, Yorkshire & Humber coast. Educated with a relevant degree or with equivalent work experience in the marine, conservation or planning sectors, you will be responsible for helping to secure and influence the management of Marine Protected Areas, influencing marine and coastal planning issues, undertaking casework and inspiring key stakeholders through partnership liaison and advocacy work. This role will also be involved in the delivery of projects such as little tern recovery and fishery bycatch, and will work alongside our established and experienced team of regional and national Conservation Officers, science and policy staff.

VACANCY! – Assistant Ecology Officer for Scottish Borders Council

Job Summary

Salary: £22,064.04 pro rata per annum
Hours:  21 hours per week
Location:  Council HQ, Newtown St Boswells
Contract Duration:  Temporary until 31 March 2015
Interviews: To be held 26 June 2013

You will assist the Ecology Officer in the integration  of biodiversity principles into decision making and provide advice and expertise on ecology and biodiversity related matters to Planning and Regulatory Services within a primary focus on advice to Development Management.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, in an environmental discipline, such as ecology.  Minimum 2 years relevant work experience.

For more details and a full job description please visit the Scottish Borders Council website.



Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority (NIFCA) will be holding a series of presentations at Morpeth County Hall on Tuesday 12 March 2013 beginning at 10.00 am.  The event is open to the public and will be of significance to anyone with an interest in sea fisheries and the marine environment.  No invitation is necessary and visitors will be welcome to attend for the whole or part of the event.  Numbers are limited however so if you wish to attend could you please let the NIFCA office know.

In the morning session the event will focus upon shellfish projects currently being undertaken in the NIFCA district with Newcastle University.  This will be followed by talks on the Defra-led Revised Approach to fisheries in European Marine Sites (EMS) with particular focus on the situation in the English part of the Berwickshire & North Northumberland EMS.  In the afternoon there will be a presentation on shellfish stock assessments carried out by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) particularly in Northumberland.

Following all of the above there will be an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Northumberland IFCA look forward to seeing you on 12 March.

Further information is available from Northumberland IFCA Tel. 01670 731 399, e-mail; website

VACANCY! – Marine Ranger at St Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve

A fantastic opportunity has arisen to help protect the outstanding St Abbs & Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve, which lies within the northern section of the European Marine Site. For more information about the Marine Ranger post click on the image opposite……clicking once will take you to a new page, click on the image again to enlarge it. For the full job description follow this link… St Abbs Ranger Naturalsit JD

Environmental Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority are seeking to appoint an Environmental Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Officer. This is an exciting opportunity to help manage our local fisheries and protect the marine environment. Please click on the link for more details……. Environmental IFCO Vacancy

Meet the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) will be holding a series of open meetings in September to give stakeholders and members of the public an opportunity to find out more about the work of the Authority.

NIFCA is one of 10 Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities established around the coast of England.  The IFCA vision is to “lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry”.

The meetings will take place between 6.30 and 8.30 pm at the Gibraltar Rock in Tynemouth on Tuesday 25th September, at Fourways 2 Amble Development Trust on Wednesday 26th September and at the Olde Ship Inn, Seahouses on Thursday 27 September.  The meetings will be informal and interested persons can drop in at any time for a discussion with NIFCA representatives who will be in attendance.

For anyone with an interest in fisheries and the marine environment these meetings will be of interest.  Further information about NIFCA can be found on its website at

M.H. Hardy

Chief Executive

SPLASH IN! at the St Abbs & Eyemouth VMR

Underwater photographers flocked to the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve last weekend to take part in the Reserve’s annual underwater photography competition, the Splash In. The competitors were spoilt for subject matter with kelp forests, coral encrusted shipwrecks and all manner of colourful marine life to capture in their photographs.

This year’s Splash In was the 25th year the competition has been held by the Voluntary Marine Reserve so along with the usual categories of Macro (close up of the Reserve’s inhabitants) and Wide Angle (underwater scenic shots) competitors could enter for the special Themed Category, ‘25th Anniversary’ in which digital manipulation of their photographs was allowed.

Also new to this year’s competition was the introduction of judges for 2 of the categories as opposed to the audience voting on the winning images as in previous years. Voluntary Marine Reserve Chairman Lawson Wood, regular St Abbs diver Jim Greenfield and Paul Duxfield of Ocean Leisure Cameras picked the winners in the Macro and Wide Angle Categories and the audience voted for the winners in the Themed Category.

Marine Ranger Georgia Conolly said, “Although primarily a fundraising event for the Voluntary Marine Reserve, the Splash In is an excellent opportunity for divers to showcase the colour and diversity of the marine life off St Abbs and Eyemouth. The competition would not be such a success without the generosity of the sponsors who donated over £2,000 worth of prizes, so a big thank you to them for their continued support”.

Conditions on the day were challenging but the competitors were able to catch some stunning shots. Fish were this year’s star of the show appearing in 7 of the 11 winning photos. Jason Gregory’s close up of a leopard-spotted goby clinched 1st prize in the Macro category, as well as being voted the Best Image in Show by the audience. Brian Jubb captured a superb shot of 2 ballan wrasse over a reef which won him 1st place in the Wide Angle category. Paul Bury’s clever digital manipulation won him 1st prize in the Themed Category with his photo entitled ‘Subsea Party’.

The competition wasn’t just for professional underwater photographers however as there were prizes for the Best Beginner (someone who has never been placed in a photography competition before and never had photos published) in the Macro and Wide Angle categories. Craig Hargate won Best Beginner in the Macro category with his photo of a pogge and Mark Davies won Best Beginner in the Wide Angle category with his ballan wrasse.

Georgia continued, “Although that is the end of the competition for another year, there are opportunities for people to get involved over the winter months with a print competition and a talk about underwater photography by Lawson Wood at the St Abbs Visitor Centre”. For more information about these events contact Georgia on (018907) 71443 or visit

Cross-Border Currents Issue 2 now available

Download issue 2 of Cross-Border Currents, the newsletter for the Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast EMS

Cross-Border Currents e-Newsletter Issue 2: Winter 2011/12

New e-newsletter for the EMS

Download and subscribe to the new e-newsletter for the EMS

Cross-Border Currents e-Newsletter Issue 1: Summer 2011

Free Dive at St Abbs!

Do you fancy a free dive?

Are you sick of seeing you favourite dive sites spoiled by harmful marine litter?

Would you like to do your bit for the St Abbs and Eyemouth Voluntary Marine Reserve?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of the above questions then please come and take part in an underwater clean up dive on Wednesday 14th or Thursday 15th September and help to avoid upsetting scenes like in this photo.

The dive is FREE – all you have to do is agree to pick up any litter you find on your dive!!!

The boat will be departing from Eyemouth – ropes off by 6pm on both days.

Divers need to be minimum Sports diver / Advanced Open Water with 20 UK sea dives. We also need surface support so if you would like to take part but don’t have the required qualifications then still get in touch.

Contact the VMR Ranger on the details below to take part. 

Georgia Conolly

Tel: 018907 71443        Mobile: 07592 341 724