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Night Dive During the Day anyone ? How?  Largest Solar Eclipse Since 1999 Will Plunge UK Into Darkness On 20 March
Europe's largest solar eclipse since 1999 is set to block out as much as 90 per cent of the sun's light in some areas of the UK.

On the 20 March at 9.31am London will lose as much as 84 per cent of its sunlight while parts of Scotland such as Edinburgh will be even darker with 94 per cent of the light blocked out.

Astronomers believe the eclipse will begin in London at 8.45am, it'll then reach its maximum eclipse at 9.31am with normal service being resumed at 10.41am.

If you want to witness the event the most obvious concerns are also the most dangerous. Do not try and watch the event using the naked eye. Because there are no pain sensors within the eye you won't even know the damage has been done until it's too late.

Be safe, use some form of dimming lens. It's likely that they'll be available to buy or obtain closer to the date.
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Disappointment at reduction in number of English Marine Zones
Just 23 of the 37 sites proposed for Marine Conservation Zone designation around English waters have been put forward for public consultation.

Environmental groups, including BSAC marine partner, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), have expressed their disappointment at the decision to reduce the number to 23, which they believe will leave the English coast ‘woefully under protected.”

37 sites had been proposed to go forward to a second public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), all identified by Government’s scientific advisers as vital to plugging “major gaps” that currently exist in the development of a UK network.

However, only 23 sites have made the final list when the consultation for potential new MCZs was launched on Friday 30th January. While MCS is keen that members of the public air their views to ensure that these sites become a reality, the charity has real concerns that English seas will not contribute a network of sites that we can be proud of in future.

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is supported in its criticism by the National Trust, which owns 750 miles of England’s coastline. The National Trust says the underwater landscape of England’s coastline must be protected in the same way the visible land is and the protection must be put in place now before it’s too late.

MCS says sound scientific advice has once again been ignored with 14 important sites not included in the consultation.

Studland, Bembridge, Norris to Ryde, and Yarmouth to Cowes have all been dropped putting at risk the future of the spiny seahorse, mantis shrimps and large seagrass meadows.

MCS says that all 23 sites being consulted on must be designated. These include well-known Cromer Shoals Chalk Beds referred by many as the “great barrier reef of Norfolk”, Farnes East which hosts an array of seabed life such as sea pens, and Newquay and The Gannel known for its crawfish, pink sea fans and migrating eels and salmon.

Last year, NGOs delivered a petition of over 350,000 signatures to the Prime Minister calling for a network of marine protected areas. And over 150 cross-party MPs have signed a Marine Charter calling for an ecologically coherent network of Marine Protected Areas. Earlier this week the Natural Capital Committee, an independent advisory group, told the Government that England's natural environment decline is damaging the economy.

MCS and the National Trust are urging their supporters and the wider public to take part in the public consultation. 
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