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Round The Pier Day. A weekend with Scottish Wildlife Trusts in the Wester Ross Marine Protected Area.

Posted on July 30, 2017 at 7:20 PM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley

Last weekend on July 22nd, Ullapool Rotary Club put on yet another wonderful "Round The Pier Day" and Project Seagrass were invited by the Scottish Wildlife Trusts, who, thanks to

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Year FOUR of Project Seagrass!

Posted on July 29, 2017 at 4:30 AM

By Richard ‘RJ’ Lilley 

So that’s 4 years, 1460 days, 35,040 hours, 2,120,400 minutes or 12,614,400 seconds of seagrass! 2016/2017 has been our biggest 12 months to date, with our hosting of the

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What a way to celebrate World Environment Day!

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 5:40 AM

By Sarah (SJ) Pope


I only went and ran THREE marathons in SIX weeks!  

TODAY, on non-other than World Environment Day (WED), I am SO happy to have completed the challenge I set down for myself, and to have raised over ...

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Talking about Plastic Pollution during EU Green Week

Posted on May 30, 2017 at 3:40 PM

Kayaking on the Isle of Skye’s lochs you feel as though you’re a million miles from civilisation; back to basics with wildlife flitting about you and crystal clear waters to peer into. There’s no rumble in your ear of background traffic noise or aeroplanes going overhead. Just you, your paddling buddy and the ...
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Searching for seagrass on Skye

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

By Evie Furness

Scotland threw it all at us, and I think for the most, we enjoyed every part! After 13 hours on the road, we turned off to Heaste, the village we were staying in on the Isle of Skye. We headed off down a single-track lane, full of blind...

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One marathon down... Two to go! Next stop Edinburgh!

Posted on May 8, 2017 at 9:45 AM

By Sarah ‘SJ’ Pope

 Well, Sunday 23rd April came and went and… 


 All those long runs, early mornings and late evenings were worth it. All that snow, rain and sleet…All in ...

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The Edinburgh International Science Festival

Posted on April 19, 2017 at 5:25 AM

By Evie Furness

Edinburgh Science Festival Bubbles and enthusiasm took over for Project Seagrass as we set up our stall at Edinburgh International Science Festival last week. The festival has taken over the city for two weeks every year since 1989, and was the world’...

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Ocean Optimism - What is YOUR #ReasonToRun?

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 5:00 AM

By Sarah ‘SJ’ Pope

Over ONE MILLION participants have had a #ReasonToRun since the first London Marathon in 1981. The training and sacrifices involved with running a ma...

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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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