Dorset Wildlife Trust

seasearch diver dorset seasearch A Dorset Seasearch diver © Peter Tinsley

Volunteer divers have been contributing to our knowledge of Dorset's seabed habitats and species for over 20 years.

This information is being used in a variety of ways - to help map seabed habitats, to identify potential protected areas, to influence fishery management decisions and to inform the licensing of developments in the marine environment.

Seasearch divers are also bringing back hundreds of images of the seabed - many divers now carry a compact digital camera and Dorset Seasearch provides a number of cameras for use on organised surveys.

The acquisition of detailed remote-sensing data (see DORIS) marked the start of a new chapter in Dorset Seasearch.  Divers are now able to accurately target a huge number of newly revealed seabed features, making the survey much more efficient.  It has also opened up a range of new dive-sites in Dorset, many of which are sure to become classic dives.

A report based on Dorset Seasearch 1995-2004 is available on CD - contact the Dorset Seasearch Co-ordinator to request a copy.

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Annual Summaries:

Dorset Seasearch - Annual Summary Report 2015

Dorset Seasearch - Annual Summary Report 2014

Dorset Seasearch - Annual Summary Report 2013

Dorset Seasearch - Annual Summary Report 2012

Dorset Seasearch - Annual Summary Report 2010

Survey Reports:

Swanage and Christchurch Ledge - Seasearch Survey 2016

Bat's Head and The Ledge - Seasearch Survey 2016

Perry Ledge and the Railway Line wreck - Seasearch Survey 2016

Lyme Bay Reefs - Seasearch Survey 2016

Lyme Bay Reefs - Site Surveys 2015

Studland recommended MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2015

Poole Rocks MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2015

Chesil Beach & Stennis Ledges MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2015

Lyme Bay Rocky Reefs - Seasearch Site Surveys 2014

Studland recommended MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2014

Lyme Bay Reefs & Cobbles - Seasearch Site Surveys 2014

Chesil Beach & Stennis Ledges MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2014

Poole Rocks MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2014

Lyme Bay Rocky Reefs - Seasearch Site Surveys 2013

Poole Rocks recommended MCZ - Seasearch Site Surveys 2012
 
Newsletter:

Dorset Seasearch Newsletter - Winter 2015

Dorset Seasearch Newsletter - Summer 2015

Dorset Seasearch Newsletter - Summer 2014

Dorset Seasearch Newsletter - Winter 2013

Dorset Seasearch Newsletter - Winter 2011

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