The Morecambe Bay Bell

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The Morecambe Bay Bell

Morecambe Bay is the largest continuous intertidal area in the whole of the UK fed by five major rivers, the Leven, Kent, Keer, Lune and Wyre. Approximately 120 square miles (310 square km) of mainly sand- flats and mudflats are exposed at low tide and covered on most high tides. Morecambe Bay is given the highest possible level of conservation designation in the form of European RAMSAR site and Special Protection Area. The underlying reason for this designation is that Morecambe Bay supports large numbers of shellfish, crustaceans and other mud-dwelling creatures, also over 200,000 birds, mainly waders and wildfowl, spend the winter months in Morecambe Bay. In addition to overwintering birds, many thousands of migrating waders use the Bay as a refuelling pit- stop on their way to and from their breeding sites, connecting this site to Africa, Greenland, and Siberia. The Morecambe Bay bell was installed on Friday 8th March 2019.

The Morecambe Artist Colony  website:
The bell is an art installation suspended over the sea from the Stone Jetty off the Promenade. It is one of a national programme of tidal bells in British coastal waters designed by the international artist Marcus Vergette. Developed to draw public attention to the threat of climate change a clapper hanging down into the sea causes the bell to toll as the tides rise and fall.
Citizen Science and iNaturalist in Morecambe Bay

We are continuing to develop our Citizen Science programme, after the long break enforced by the lockdown, furloughs, etc etc. At the heart of this project is the enormously powerful tool iNaturalist. We have created what the platform calls a 'place' - see below. It is deliberately somewhat larger than the immediate environs of the […]

Pete Moser rings the Morecambe Bell in May 2020

This is a different way of ringing a Time and Tide Bell... Multi-instumentalist and composer Pete Moser uses a soft and hard mallet. There are plans to repeat this every month....

High Tide, Low Tide

Pete Moser of Morecambe wrote this song. It was sung by a group of schoolchildren at the formal opening of the bell on June 7 2019. The song underlines one of the key themes the bells explore - climate change, and hence rising sea levels. We'd love you to sing it too. Here's the score […]

Morecambe Citizen Science

On March 3rd 2020 about 20 people gathered to spend the day in the Platform, the splendid venue based on the former railway station near the Morecambe seafront. It was a grey day, and rather a damp one, for the session outside exploring the marine life near the bell (fortunately it was low tide). There […]

Interpretation Board

This bell features much the most complex and informative Interpretation Board of any of the bells. In particular it focusses on the change in sea temperature caused by climate change. That is of concern to all, of course, but is of especial concern in Morecambe Bay, where it appears that problems with the extremely important […]

The Bay

The view over Morecambe Bay

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