The Deep News - July 2017



29th July 2017

Today some of our staff and volunteers from the Tansy Beetle Action Group have been out at Acomb Landing in York along the banks of the River Ouse, planting Tansy plants for the endangered Tansy beetle.

 Since April we have all been working hard to grow Tansy plants from seeds collected by our husbandry team. These were then distributed between Deep staff, the Environment Agency, Hull University and local business tenants from The Deep’s Business Centre. After an amazing effort by all, we successfully propagated around 400 plants.

Acomb Landing is a brand new site for these beetles. We hope that by clearing the land and planting Tansy, once established, we can encourage this endangered species to expand its population into the area. Further work will be required to monitor and manage the land effectively, but this provides great hope for increasing their dwindling populations.

The Deep is proud to be involved in helping to save this true Yorkshire gem and will continue to work with the other members of the Tansy Beetle Action Group (TBAG) to monitor their progress and follow any translocation of populations from ‘Ark sites’ in the region. These ‘Ark sites’ are secure and stable reserves where Tansy plants (and beetles) flourish.

To learn more about this work and how you too can get involved visit:

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27th July 2017

The Deep’s IUCN Red List Officer, Rob is making waves across the world and has been responsible for completing 5% of all species assessments carried out in the last year! What an achievement! 

His latest assessment trip was to Zanzibar in Africa, where along with other world experts has completed another 400 species assessments in one week! Rob focused on fish associated with coral reefs, these included; Jacks, Gobies, Sea Basses, Jawfish, Clingfish and Rabbitfish. These species are now ready for inclusion into the IUCN Red List.

He has also been working with the IUCN Director of Strategic Partnerships to develop a network of UK zoos and aquariums feeding into the Red List assessment process. The zoo and aquarium community has long been a keystone for the successful conservation species at a global scale, but the opportunities now being crafted with the IUCN offer new potential and more effective conservation monitoring.

Rob is now heading to Columbia where he has been invited to join the IUCN Steering Committee; a huge accolade. We look forward to telling you more about this in the coming weeks. 

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20th July 2017

A big thank you to our Head of Animal Care and Research, Graham Hill for being such a good sport as we raised money for Pied4APorpoise... a pie-ing from 17 members of staff is no mean feat! 

With a minimum challenge of $30 set, we were delighted to raise £44.80 ($58.54) which has been sent to Vaquita CPR. This money will directly contribute to the conservation and protection efforts for the critically endangered Vaquita porpoise.

Graham was nominated by Tony from TRACKS – our animal records software. In turn we have nominated staff from Birmingham Sealife Centre, National Marine Aquarium and ZSL London Zoo Aquarium. We look forward to them showing their support too!

And in case you missed it, see Grahams valiant effort here (skip to 1 minute in for the pie-ing!).




10th July 2017

Citizen science schemes are a great way of helping you local community. Here at The Deep, we organise activities throughout the year, aimed at preserving local marine life and raising awareness of how modern life impacts on the environment. 

The Deep has already conducted its first Beach Clean of the year but has a second coming up in September - the perfect oppertunity to get involved and do your bit for the environment!

We have been carrying out annual beach cleans at Hull's Hessle Foreshore since 2002 in conjunction with the Marine Conservation Society and as a result have collected a staggering 1,028kg of rubbish in an effort to keep our shorelines looking clean and minimising the threat to local marine life. Each piece of litter collected is identified, weighed and recorded before being carefully disposed of. The data collected goes towards the MCS national survey, which is used to raise awareness of the impact of litter on the environment, as well as adding weight to changes in legislation to reduce litter on beaches.

Getting involved in a conservation event is not only a great way to contribute to the wellbeing of UK coastlines and marine life, it also presents an excellent opportunity to have fun with family, friends and like-minded individuals. We are delighted to see so many of the local community getting involved - and ensuring these events are fully subscribed! 

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