MSc Aquatic Ecosystem Management

 

Field trip to Millport, November 2003

Purpose: Microbiological examination of the Isle of Cumbrae's waters and its offshore and littoral benthos. The practical exercise is marked following an oral presentation of the results. As a further written exercise students design water and wastewater treatment systems for the island. (Click here for the sampling results from the reservoirs)

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Research vessel "Aplysia" arriving at the watersports dock
"Aplysia" berthing at the watersports dock
The merry crew aboard the Aplysia
Using the research benthic trawl

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Recovering the trawl
the trawl catch
close-up of the catch
even closer

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Demonstration of the Grab-1
Demonstration of the Grab-2
the grab catch examined

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Rainbow over Millport 1
Rainbow over Millport 2
Rainbow over the Newton ?
Definitely: is this a sign?

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Taking a sample of offshore water 1
Step 2
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The marine station from the sea
 

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Tour of the new research vessel "Aora"
Aora was not available for sampling due to poor weather
But we saw round her when the weather improved
An impressive array of gadgetry on the bridge

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One of Cumbrae's famous rocks

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Processing microbiology samples in the lab

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Sampling the benthos in Kames Bay.

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One cause of nutrient enrichment?
... and the effect
Attempt to tackle the human sewage problem
Excavating the hole for the pumping equipment

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"Levelling the beach"....
doesn't mean shifting tons of sand,
just determining the slope,
using standard surveying techniques

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Attempts to stem the tide proved futile

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Millport's water supply once came from these reservoirs:
The upper reservoir
Lower reservoir
Lower, seen from the path to the upper

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This is one of the original slow sand filters used to purify the water
Link to the algal flora results
Link to the microbiology results
 

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Presenting the results

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After a gruelling but satisfactory afternoon,
it was time to pile in the minibusfor some R&R
in Millport, starting at Fraser's bar
(for a change)

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When all the balls were potted it was time
to move on to another hostelry,
which pattern was repeated
several times,........

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Between hostelries
we were "persuaded"
to play "Marine
Animal Charades"

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 The rest is a blur for some...
 
 
...........unfortunately? 

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But some fresh air blew away the cobwebs,

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more or less...
some of us have been here before....
then we caught the ferry back