Lundy 40/25 Celebrating 40 Years of Marine Conservation at Lundy

Lundy comes first, and first, and first, and first

The island of Lundy, off the north Devon coast, is a fabulous place to see marine wildlife, from seals to sunset corals. But this may not have been the case without the protection it has received since the proposal was first formally made for Lundy to be a voluntary marine nature reserve in 1971.

The idea of a marine nature reserve at Lundy was first put forward during 1969. Following initial discussions with the Landmark Trust, publicity and consultations about establishing a voluntary reserve, the first in Britain, were initiated by the Lundy Field Society in collaboration with the island authorities and the Nature Conservancy in 1971. A management policy was published the following year.

The waters around Lundy have subsequently become the country's first Marine Nature Reserve in 1986, hosted the first No-Take Zone in 2003 and, as a direct result of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, became England's first Marine Conservation Zone in January 2010.

'Headline' dates and key facts

1969
Landmark Trust approached with the idea that Lundy would be an ideal location for a marine nature reserve (September). First published suggestion (December) that Lundy would be a suitable location for a marine nature reserve (Machin 1969).
1971
Lundy proposed as a voluntary marine nature reserve (A Proposal to Establish Lundy as a Marine Nature Reserve, February 1971). Press coverage includes Nature Magazine (May) 'Lundy Comes First'. Others, March, April. Progression of the proposal managed by the Lundy Field Society and reported in their 1971 Annual Report.
1973
Lundy voluntary marine nature reserve management plan published in the Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society for 1972 (Hiscock et al 1973).
1977
First correspondence with Devon Sea Fisheries Committee (7 April, although they had been included in previous circulations and their minutes dated 1 July 1977 state that 'the Committee had been consulted some 3-4 years ago [... ] about the proposed conservation area and that the committee had offered no objection').
1979
Devon Sea Fisheries considered outcomes of a meeting on 2 March in Exeter and 'RESOLVED To approve the proposed conservation area from the Knoll Pins Rocks to the North to the easterly most point of Rat Island.'
1985 (March)
First meeting on the Lundy Marine Consultation Group (now the Lundy Marine Conservation Zone Advisory Group).
1986 (21 November)
Lundy becomes the first statutory Marine Nature Reserve in the UK.
2003 (January)
Lundy has the first No-Take-Zone in the UK, established by Devon Sea Fisheries Committee bye-law.
2010 (12 January)
Lundy becomes first Marine Conservation Zone, established under provisions in the Marine Act.
Reference

Machin, H. 1969. Conservation in the sea. Journal of the Devon Trust for Nature Conservation, 23, 992-994.

Diary dates: 40/25 activities achieved, underway and planned in 2011

To mark the success of the Lundy Marine Nature Reserve (in its various guises), a programme of activities, events and publications is planned. The following list is provisional but planning is well-advanced and some material is already complete or in preparation.

A 'cancellation' stamp that reads 'Lundy - 40 years of Marine Conservation' is already being used on Lundy stamps for mail posted from the island.

  1. 25 February. 'Lundy - 40 years of marine conservation'. Talk to the Taw and Exmoor branch of the British Naturalists' Association.
  2. 5 March. Launch of celebrations at the Annual General Meeting of the Lundy Field Society. Talk by Chris Mandry about the history of marine conservation at Lundy.
  3. 11/12 March. 'Science achievements at Lundy over the past 40 years'. Presentation to the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Annual conference. Keith Hiscock
  4. 18-19 June. Splash-In 40/25. Underwater photographic competition and celebration of 40th anniversary. Nicola Saunders
  5. 3 July. Reception on the MS Oldenburg at Bideford for those involved in 1971 and 1986 and since then. Launch of 40 Years booklet?
  6. 30 July - 14 August Marine 'week' - displays/events at Ilfracombe.
  7. Beach barbeque on Lundy for divers / charter boats / island visitors. 6 August?

The Lundy material in 'Britain's Secret Seas' (BBC2, starting 8 May 2011) was filmed as celebrating the 40th anniversary - see what actually comes out!

Identification guides for marine life at Lundy will be published in about May and will be 'badged' as celebrating 40 years of marine conservation at Lundy.

A book, Protecting Lundy's Marine Life: 40 Years of Science and Conservation, has been published.

Downloads

Poster (pdf)

PowerPoint: Lundy - 40 years of marine conservation

PowerPoint: Lundy wildlife pictures

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