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Guest Blog: Jessica McGarty on Egyptian Seagrasses

Posted on March 22, 2017 at 8:15 PM

By Jessica Lorna McGarty

I was recently ‘nudged’ to do something by a fellow seagrass enthusiast who shall remain nameless for the time being! I must admit that I have been distracted by life and other ‘things’ for several months and desperately needed that ‘nudge’ to get going again. So...

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March - Seagrass Awareness Month

Posted on March 7, 2017 at 10:20 AM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

It’s only...


‘Seagrass Awareness Month’ has been ...

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8 weeks to go! Sponsor SJ for the London, Edinburgh and Stockholm marathons in 2017.

Posted on February 28, 2017 at 5:00 AM

By Sarah ‘SJ’ Pope

Hello again folks,

So, we’re less than 8 weeks out from the London Marathon (23rd April) and the training is going well. My longest distance so far is 17 miles and we’ve got an 18-mile ru...

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Fulsnygg! Loving The Ugly Duckling

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

For nearly 10 years I have been teaching, writing, tweeting, speaking, blogging, presenting and workshopping pretty much around the clock, in my role as a science teacher, a diving instructor, and now presently as a Science Communicator here at Project Seagrass.

I’ve learnt to ...

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Volunteer Update! Training for the London, Edinburgh and Stockholm marathons in 2017.

Posted on February 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM

By Sarah ‘SJ’ Pope

Hello! My name is Sarah Jane Pope and this year I am running the London, Edinburgh and Stockholm marathons this year to raise money for Project Seagrass. I’ll get straight to the point… You can sponsor me here!


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Five surprising things about seagrass that you might not have known

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 10:55 AM

By Evie Furness

There’s an odd bunch of people with a strange sounding passion - a passion for seagrass. You’d think that anything with grass in its name might be boring, especially when compared to ecosystems like tropical rainforests, filled with birds of paradise or the vast savannas of Africa filled with elephants and m...

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Transforming Education at bett 2017

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 7:05 PM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

In a previously life I was a Secondary School Science Teacher, and I was privileged to work at a fantastic school (alongside some of the most innovative and enthusiastic teachers the UK has to offer). I kn...

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Twenty Sixteen: A year in review...

Posted on January 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM

By Benjamin Jones

With every year that passes we’re given a unique opportunity to look back and reflect on what we’ve achieved. I’ll be honest, every year since our inception in 2013 we’ve been immensely shocked at just how much we’ve achieved given that we’re on a shoestring budget.


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News, views and press releases...

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 11:15 AM

By Richard 'RJ' Lilley

As I sit at my desk looking back at 2016 it occurs to me that one of the biggest challenges we faced as an organisation was "getting the word out" about ISBW12. It's one thing getting the global seagrass community on board (and transported to a VERY SMALL village in...

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Three before thirty! Project Seagrass at the London, Edinburgh and Stockholm marathons in 2017.

Posted on November 17, 2016 at 11:15 AM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

Let me introduce ‘SJ’ (Sarah Jane Pope). SJ has been with Project Seagrass from the very start, she used to act as our secretary when we were based out of the front room o...

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Reflecting on ISBW12: "Securing a future for seagrass"

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 11:55 AM

It’s already been one month since the 12th International Seagrass Biology Workshop began at Nant Gwrtheyrn in Wales. This time last month the world’s foremost seagrass scientists were des...
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ISBW12 - A first conference blog!

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 7:20 PM

By Evelyn Furness

First off, the stereotype of a conference in my head is hushed voices, fancy clothes and everything deadly serious, but throw into the mix that it’s a conference based around seagrass and I was completely at a loss as to what to expect. Having packed for all possibilities (would the seagrass team transform into a po...

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The British Science Festival - Swansea University, Wales.

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 7:55 PM

By Evelyn Furness 

 A sunny Saturday in Swansea and Project Seagrass had a stall set up ready for the British Science Festival’s Family Fun weekend. A big seagrass mural was laid out surrounded by crayons and paints for kids to get stuck in, and im...

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Filte gu Alba - Project Seagrass and the Scottish Seagrass Network: A charity in Scotland.

Posted on October 4, 2016 at 8:15 AM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

Project Seagrass moved to Scotland in April 2016 stating that this moment would herald A New Dawn For Scottish Seagrass. We spoke then of our ambition to engage with Scotland’s coastal communities and be...

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The 4th International Marine Conservation Congress - Making Marine Science Matter.

Posted on September 30, 2016 at 5:15 AM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) represents one of the most important international meetings for marine conservation professionals and students. IMCC4 was recently held ...

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3 YEARS TODAY - What a difference a year makes!

Posted on July 29, 2016 at 12:50 PM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

Sitting down to write this I really don’t know quite where to begin! What a year it has been, in fact, what a 3 years! Although for me it seems that soooooo much has happened in just the last 12 months!

Before I start, on a personal note, I remember our second anniversary so clearly, as if it was yesterday....

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Project Seagrass goes to Cornwall

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 6:20 AM

By Lauren Clayton and Beth Williams

As masters students from both Swansea and Glasgow Universities, we're both currently carrying out seagrass related research projects. Beth is performing her masters project, and Lauren is performing her final year honours project.  Beth is studying the impacts of chain moorings on seagrass, particularly...

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Intern Spotlight: Laura Pratt

Posted on July 13, 2016 at 6:00 AM

By Laura Pratt

As a third year Biology Student from Cardiff University, I've been lucky to get involved with Project Seagrass, which has its offices within the University. I first started working with the team last summer when I took part in an 8 week CUROP placement (Cardiff University Research Opportunities Programme) at the Sustainable Places Research Institute. The proj...
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The 13th International Coral Reef Symposium - Bridging Science To Policy

Posted on June 29, 2016 at 5:40 AM

The International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) is the primary international meeting for researchers who are focused on coral reef science and management. In fact, as a conference it has a similar ecosystem focus to the International ...
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Project Seagrass at the Glasgow Science Festival 2016

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 5:00 AM

By Richard 'RJ' Lilley

Launched in 2007, Glasgow Science Festival ( has grown to be one of the largest science festivals in the UK. The festival takes memorable events to non-traditional venues across the City of Glasgow where researchers, charities and non-governmental organistations are able to engage with people, from all ages and backgrounds. This y...

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