2022 MCNAG Conference

Making Waves for Norfolk

Sponsored by Exo Engineering

Marine Conservation for Norfolk Action Group (MCNAG) 2022 Conference in partnership with NWT

Main conference: Saturday 6th August, 9am-5pm Eventbrite ticketing here  Free drop-in activities Sunday 7th August all day.

Our second conference ‘Making Waves for Norfolk’ is being held during National Marine Week and in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, at NWT Cley Marshes.

We invite you to Cley for two days of talks, panel discussions and activities as we celebrate the importance of the Norfolk coast for wildlife and people, explore the challenges our marine environment faces, and discuss how we can all work together to protect it into the future.

The event is aimed at everyone from marine enthusiasts and conservationists to those that enjoy the Norfolk coast, no matter your area of expertise and level of knowledge.

The conference itself is on Saturday 6th August, but we also have a selection of activities planned for Sunday 7th August, and an art exhibition to highlight the issue of marine litter running from 31st July – 7th August. 

We invite you to learn about and discuss important issues for our marine environment, including:

  • How do we raise the issues of marine conservation effectively and with the right audiences to encourage action? 
  • Are environmental policies being used effectively for our marine environment?
  • How can conservation and fisheries work together to protect marine wildlife?

MCNAG is an action group so we’ll be reporting on our actions on the issues of coastal litter, seabed damage, lost fishing gear, habitat loss and representation. 

We’re also inviting others to describe their actions for marine wildlife and to highlight the importance of acting now.

Our keynote speaker is Howard Wood, one of the inspiring founders of the Community of Arran Seabed Trust and a Goldman Prize winner for his tireless work to restore the wildlife of the sea around his home island.

Other speakers include the Wash Waders Group, Seasearch East, Norfolk Beach Cleaners Collective (NBCC), University of Essex, Exo Engineering and many more.

Remote speakers will connect via Zoom (unless impossible for a technical reason when we will make every effort to accomodate different requirements). We are happy to make a test call to help optimise settings and surroundings.

The call link is https://mcsuk.zoom.us/j/9541770051 Meeting ID: 954 177 0051

There will be a waiting room and speakers will need to be clearly identified when they arrive. We intend to record the conference.

Presentations should be submitted 3 days ahead of the conference so they can be preloaded onto the conference IT system to allow efficient speaker changeovers and optimal presentation live, remote and for recordings. Presentations should be in Powerpoint (ppt) and Open Document Presentation (odp) format. If you have embedded or separate media please let us know so that we can confirm that the correct drivers are present.

Ticket prices Eventbrite ticketing here  (there is a small Eventbrite handling charge on top – sorry!)

  • Professional ticket (Attending on behalf of a company or organisation) £50
  • General public £10
  • Norfolk Wildlife Trust members and volunteers £8 (join here)
  • MCNAG members and young people (16-18 years) £5 (join here)

Food: It will be possible to pre-order food from a reduced, light meal menu during the registration session before the conference starts – this will be delivered during lunchtime to minimise waiting. A full menu will be available from NWT Cley Marshes cafe, but serving times will be dependent on public demands. You are welcome to bring a considerately packaged pack lunch.

Parking: Attendees will receive a day pass for car parking at the centre.

Free drop-in activities: Sunday 7th August, all day: Find out more by getting hands on – and jumping in! 

Free activities will be available at Cley Marshes throughout the day from partners including Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Seasearch East and Norfolk Beach Cleaners Collective.  including beach cleans, snorkelling for beginners, litter art and seaweed pressing.

Making Waves for Norfolk Conference Programme (nearing final!)

8:00am – Before the conference please feel free to join us on the beach. Whether you walk, sea watch, bird watch, swim, or simply quietly contemplate it’s a great way to start the day. This isn’t a led or supervised part of the event, just a social gathering – make the most of a day by the coast!

Saturday 6th August 9am – 5.30pm

The outline schedule is for 4 – 5 sessions with 3 speakers per session, each with a 15 – 20 minute slot. Each session will be followed by a short panel led by a chairperson, who may take questions.

9:00am – Arrive, register and refreshments Cley Marshes Centre

9:30am – Welcome from our hosts – Helen Baczkowska, Norfolk Wildlife Trust – 5mins

9:45am – Keynote: Howard Wood, Community Of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) – 15mins

10 mins – spare

10:00am – Introductory session – The state of play (Short statements – max 10 mins each)

1: Who protects our coast? – Julian Gregory EIFCA

2: Is there enough marine protection? – Jacques Villemot RSPB

3: Who speaks for our coast? – MCNAG Chair

Panel – Chaired by Helen Baczkowska, Norfolk Wildlife Trust

10:45am – Morning Break – Marine treat on the back screen – My favourite Norfolk dive (Wildlife Shorts -5 min)

10:55am – Morning session 1 – Beach cleaning. THE audit of human impact

1: Bringing rubbish people together – Elizabeth Beston – MCNAG Beach Cleaners – 10 mins

2: Organising an army – Emma Sturman, Norfolk Beach Cleans – 10 mins

3: Life is a beach clean – Maggie Wilcox, Overstrand Beach Cleaner- 10 mins

4: Microplastics: An unseen threat to North Norfolk Salt Marshes – Benjamin Grover, University of East Anglia – 15 mins

Panel – (Chaired by TBA, possibly Rivers Trust)

11:45am – Morning session 2 – How conservation data powers change

1: Recording change underwater – Dawn Watson, Seasearch East – 15 mins

2: Adaptive Risk Management – Sammy Hormbrey, EIFCA – 15 mins

3: How recording tells us more – Robert Pell, Wash Waders Group (remote) – 15 mins

Panel – Chaired by Nick Acheson

13:00 – Lunch time – Please pre-order from the visitor centre menu

13:45 – Marine treat on the back screen – Norfolk’s Marine Top 10 – (15 min)

Potential displays and posters around the conference room

14:00 Afternoon session 3 – Understanding the threats

1: Entanglements: Its impact on wildlife rehabilitation – Evangelos Achilleos, RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre (remote) – 20 mins

2: What else does fishing gear do? – Diver surveys and gear recovery

3: Seal care in the community – Shell Duddy, Friends of Horsey Seals 10 mins

Panel – Chair to be confirmed

15:00 Afternoon break – Marine treat on the back screen – My favourite Norfolk snorkel (Wildlife Shorts – 5 min)

15:30 Afternoon session 4 – Prospects for the future

1: Even hardware can be home – William Coulet, Exo Engineering

2: Grassroots sea plastic recycling: adding biodiversity to the plastic recycling ecosystem– Precious Plastic East

3: Plastic fishing gear on the marine habitat – Eve Gadd, IndiGO, University of Plymouth

Panel – Chaired by Nick Acheson

16:50 Closing addresses –  Conservation NGO and MCNAG

17:00 Join us for tea and coffee at the centre; a chance to relax and catch the speakers to follow up any questions you might still have.

18:00 The centre will close but MCNAG members will move to the beach to enjoy the end of the day by the sea.

Sunday 7th August –  Free drop-in activities

Free activities will be available at Cley Marshes throughout the day from partners including Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Seasearch East and Norfolk Beach Cleaners Collective. including beach cleans, snorkelling for beginners, litter art and seaweed pressing. Activities are free but numbers will be limited.

Find out more by getting hands on – and jumping in! Indicative timings (TBC)

9:00 – 11:00 Starting to snorkel for wildlife (beginners), Seasearch East – With kind support from Cristal Seas Scubs – at the beach

10:30 – 12:00 Beach clean – at the beach, NWT

10:30 – 15:30 Litter Art collage and tote bags – Cley centre, NBCC

10:30 – 11:30 Strandline Wonders -Cley centre, NWT

11:30 – 12:30 Poetry, Ruthie Collins, Natural Wonders – Cley centre

13:00 – 15:00 Seaweed pressing – Cley centre, Seasearch East

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