***** The Marine Visitor Centre is now re-open, with new policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of everyone *****
– Unless exempt, please wear a face covering
– Only one household, or two individuals inside at any time
– For health & safety, we’ve had to modify our displays and minimise our hands-on experience
– Opening days/hours are subject to weekly change – please check our facebook page for most recent updates

The Lamlash Tennis Courts are fully open, on a “pay as you play” basis – please put money in the honesty box at the courts or donate to us online via our website. We are unable to provide equipment at this time, and all players participate at their own risk.

Changes to the marine ecosystem
in the Firth of Clyde

Ruth Thurstan has detailed the changes in the Firth of Clyde marine ecosystem since the 1850s, where she highlighted the importance of the Firth of Clyde needing to be managed as a complex ecosystem and not for the benefit of a few species. In this paper, Thurstan builds a picture of the changes to the Firth of Clyde marine ecosystem in an attempt to determine the causes and magnitude of change. The research and subsequent results confirm that people’s actions have ramifications that extend further than just the target animals and that marine species must be protected before baselines shift again. 

This detailed thesis served as a prelim to the 2010 paper, “Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde“.

The images above are from side-scan sonar surveys in 2004, of the then proposed No Take Zone in Lamlash Bay. They were conducted by the RV Aora from Millport Marine Biological station and clearly show the extent of dredging occurring on the seabed.

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