Poole Rocks Marine Conservation Zone

A new website to showcase the incredible
underwater wildlife of Poole Bay, Dorset

A collaboration with Dorset Wildlife Trust,
the Marine Conservation Society, Seasearch and
the Southern IFCA to engage people with the underwater
world on our doorsteps
Award Winning Photography
BWPA 2012
UPY 2015

Life beneath the waves with Britain's high-diving gannets
In 2012 Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith
plunged beneath the waves in search of dramatic
images to showcase the grace and power of
the northern gannet
Black Bream

Revealing amazing nesting behaviour around
our shores for the first time

Each spring a spawning migration of black bream
arrives in the UK. The fish build huge nests covering vast
areas of seabed. We reveal for the first time the drama
and challenges faced during this critical life stage
Wildlife Talks
Multimedia talks tailored to your needs
  • Wildlife
  • Photography
  • Conservation
  • Adventure
  • UK and overseas
  • "easily the best speaker we have ever had"
    "what a wonderful evening...absolutely fascinating...
    your narratives linked everything together beautifully"
    Britain's Seas

    Discover the hidden secrets around the UK's coast
    Britain's seas host a multitude of
    different habitats, each supporting a
    vast diversity of life. Dive in and discover
    amazing animals, plants and places
    seldom seen.
    Discover Tasmania

    In search of the Tasmanian devil
    We went in search of the the Tasmanian
    devil, now threatened by a debilitating
    facial tumour disease. Restricted to a
    few remaining disease-free zones
    conservationists are working to save the species.
    Discover Tasmania

    Climate change challenges for marine ecosystems
    We joined the scientific divers from
    the University of Tasmania's Institute of Marine
    and Antarctic Studies as they set up experiments
    to understand the effects of climate change and
    invasive species on their local marine habitats.

    Blog Posts

    One of my underwater gannet images which was Highly Commended in the GDT competition in 2013 has been turned into a painting by Australian artist Katherine Cooper. Katherine has been collaborating with other artists and marine scientists from the Institute...
    After too long spent out of the water this winter it was great to get back in and get diving. Despite yesterday’s strong and variable winds Swanage provided a sheltered location, flat seas and vis in the order of 2-3m,...
    I was over the moon when Alex Mustard’s email arrived in my inbox. I’d hoped that a couple of my images might be placed somewhere in the inaugural year of the Underwater Photographer of the Year photography competition but I...
    Two of my entries this year have been Highly Commended in the British Wildlife Photography Awards in the Animal Portraits and the Animal Behaviour Categories. In the Animal Portraits, my image was of a hermit crab, Pagurus bernhardus sitting atop...
    Every now and again you meet someone truly dedicated to their cause. For Masayuki Tatsumi (Masa) being a marine biologist is anything but just a ‘job’. When Masa isn’t busy working on his PhD studies into climate change impacts on...
    As we pulled into the campsite next to Lake Mungo in New South Wales we stopped to watch a pair of kangaroos resting in the shade of a Eucalyptus tree sitting out the heat of the day. Looking around we saw...
    I’m very pleased that one of my underwater gannet shots has been Highly Commended in this year’s European Wildlife Photography Awards and chosen as the cover for the competition book. This one of my favourite gannet shots being quite engaging...
    I duck-dived beneath the surface and the shark shot away into the blue… and that just about signalled the end of a fantastic day watching blue sharks out of Penzance with Charles Hood. The waters offshore of Cornwall support a...
    The BWPA exhibition has arrived in Moors Valley Country Park in Dorset and is there until 17th March.  The exhibition opening night was last Friday 1st February and I was honoured to be asked to give a talk about my...