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Seasons in the SEA

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
In this extract from his new book Exploring Britain's Hidden World, eminent marine biologist and diver Dr Keith Hiscock considers the dramatic changes that can occur on seabeds around the calendar year


Appeared in DIVER February 2018
The Schiedam Prize is a major 17th-century shipwreck that lies off the Cornish coast. Frustratingly, the shifting sands reveal its secrets only fleetingly, but Mark Milburn was lucky enough to be granted an unusually wide-open window into history


Appeared in DIVER February 2018
Five days' boat-diving out of Plymouth, 10 dives and WILL APPLEYARD, looking to record his five highlights, finds himself spoilt for choice


Appeared in DIVER September 2017
When you get your eye in you realise that colourful sea-slugs are not confined to the tropics - south-eastern Scotland, for example, can also be a happy hunting-ground for macro enthusiasts. RICHARD ASPINALL drops into the Scottish Nudibranch Festival

I got the blues!

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
You don't have to travel far to go shark-diving in the UK - just 20 miles off Cornwall, in fact, with some fishing on the side. RICK AYRTON gets a taste

Trouble Brews in Porthkerris

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
You know what they say – you don't appreciate what you have until you think it might be taken away from you. A popular UK diver beauty spot is under threat – WILL APPLEYARD discovers what's at stake


Appeared in DIVER November 2016
The Solace Stones off the Dorset coast serve a dual purpose - to act as artificial reefs to attract new marine life, and also to be the final resting place for 'salty souls'. For marine biologist and broadcaster MAYA PLASS, these pyramid memorials offer a life-affirming experience

Pandora's Box Of Wonders

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
RICHARD ASPINALL finds a rich assortment of life as he dives a wreck in the North-east of England - and brings back the pictures to make a heartfelt point

Babbacombe Seal

Appeared in DIVER May 2016
Divers live for those moments that denote an unforced marine-life encounter and they can happen anywhere, anytime, as KAREN WILLIAMS found on a dive in Devon

Heybrook for all seasons

Appeared in DIVER April2016
It's always useful to have a few dive-site locations in your back pocket that can be dived whatever the weather elsewhere – JOHN WILLIAMS reckons Heybrook Bay in Devon fits the bill nicely

Shoots at Stoney

Appeared in DIVER November 2015
Freshwater diving specialist JACK PERKS reflects on the photographic possibilities at a well-known - and one of his favourite - inland sites

Pride of Man

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
She arrived in rain and left with a cold, but the days spent diving the Isle of Man in-between were pure gold for SUE DALY

Here's to the 2015 season

Appeared in DIVER April 2015
April marks the start of the dive season for the majority of UK divers, so we asked South Coast specialist WILL APPLEYARD to suggest a handful of sites where the experienced and beginners alike might ease themselves into the sea...

Whatever the weather

Appeared in DIVER December 2014
Whatever the season and however bad the weather gets, a determined diver can usually find a way to get under water in the UK. MARK DAVIES revisits a favourite diving location well-suited to the winter months

Monty Halls

Appeared in DIVER October 2014
Four expeditions in

MISERY What misery

Appeared in DIVER September 2014
Many warmwater divers dismiss diving around UK coasts without ever having tried it. A recent trip to the Farnes prompted RICHARD ASPINALL to challenge their concerns - and to provide a blueprint for enjoyment

Hangers-on in Lundy

Appeared in DIVER April 2014
Lundy Island provides an annual place of pilgrimage for STEVE DOVER, friends and children - and more often than not the seals are up for a laugh

Basking with leviathans

Appeared in DIVER March 2014
You don't have to go halfway round the world to swim with the ocean's biggest animals. Some of them come to us, and tolerate company. Its all a matter of timing -GRANT HENDERSON heads for the island of Coll

Is our marine life in hot water?

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
Climate change means there will be winners and losers among British Isles marine life, and divers are well-placed to monitor the changes, as CLAIRE GOODWIN explains.

Beneath High Tide

Appeared in DIVER February 2014
Geological diving can offer more than might at first appear. DAVE PEAKE enjoys a Cornish seascape that never changes - its the light that does the work

Laid-back in Scapa Flow

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
If you want a diving holiday that's epic yet close to home, perhaps it's time to do that Scapa Flow trip you've always promised yourself. If it's your first time, MIKE WARD can set the scene

Lundy's summer splash!

Appeared in DIVER September 2013
Still the jewel in the crown of UK marine protection, the island off Devon offers rich pickings for competitive photographers

Dives with the habitat-hunters

Appeared in DIVER June 2013
The Heriot Watt Scientific Dive Team has an impressive track record for making underwater discoveries. RICHARD SHUCKSMITH gets the chance to join the divers off Shetland - additional phot...

An obsession hits rock bottom

Appeared in DIVER February 2013
BBC Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Coast presenter MAYA PLASS is a comparatively new recruit to diving, but her enthusiasm for the marine life to be found in British waters may inspire othe...

Roaming the rivers

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
Armed with suitable permission, a good physique and a 15cm spike, JACK PERKS specialises in diving British rivers. Could you be tempted?

Gresham opens new chapter at Stoney

Appeared in DIVER September 2012
Stoney Cove in Leicestershire is a national treasure for many divers, and its latest attraction is something of a treasure in its own right. GAVIN PARSONS reports

The wrong wreck

Appeared in DIVER August 2012
A chance find revealed a suppressed tragedy but brought comfort to descendants of the crew of a British submarine. STEVE SLATER was on the dives, with RIC WARING, who took the photographs

St abbs & Eyemouth - the pretty bits

Appeared in DIVER August 2012
Inshore Berwickshire offers a contrast with the serious wreck-diving increasingly centred there - JOHN LIDDIARD rediscovers old haunts, and some new ones too.

Five men in a boat

Appeared in DIVER July 2012
This is the worst trip I've ever been on, sang the Beach Boys in the song Sloop John B. Would JOHN LIDDIARD have a better experience when he joined four others to dive the west of Scotlan...

Fyne chance!

Appeared in DIVER June 2012
Diving early in the season can be a lottery. Much is down to luck, but it pays to pick your dive site wisely. Mark Davies took a chance with an early-season trip to Loch Fyne, and reckons...

Café culture at Chepstow

Appeared in DIVER April 2012
DIVER is touring the UK, talking to regular divers at inland dive centres to find out what makes these sites tick, both above and below the surface. GAVIN PARSONS reports first from the N...

Liddiards top 21 SOS dives

Appeared in DIVER April 2012
SOS Start Of Season, of course! We asked JOHN LIDDIARD to pick out dives around the UK that are crowd-pleasers for divers at all levels, but less likely than some to raise any alarms

Poole's Valentine Tanks - the last stand

Appeared in DIVER November 2011
Poole Bay is the last resting place for at least seven Valentine tanks. Their presence reflects an intriguing wartime story, while their condition raises all sorts of questions. After 10 ...

Pleasure beach - get over the pebbles!

Appeared in DIVER September 2011
Where do you go after a Portland boat dive if you haven't satiated your diving desires GAVIN PARSONS has the answer - Chesil Cove

Britains Secret Seas - 2

Appeared in DIVER June 2011
In the second part of a personal feature to accompany his current TV series on British diving, PAUL ROSE reveals the background to some of the most memorable episodes - and how the hard-w...

Britains secret seas

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
How hard can it be to get UK diving on television Challenging, admits Paul Rose, but with his new four-hour BBC series starting this month, he would seem to have cracked it. In an exclusi...

Love diving, love Lundy

Appeared in DIVER May 2011
Lundy, off north Devon, was way ahead of the rest of the UK when it comes to marine conservation - 40 years ahead, in fact. Dr Keith Hiscock, who co-ordinated the original consultation, i...

Beyond the Outer Hebrides

Appeared in DIVER December 2010
St Kilda offers famously fine diving, but its remote, exposed position means that even the smallest weather window must be seized and exploited, says John Liddiard

Going without the flow

Appeared in DIVER November 2010
Scapa Flow represents for some the pinnacle of UK diving. Less well-known is the high-quality diving on offer around the Orkneys but outside the Flow. A recent expedition was set up to ex...

Another dive on the wall

Appeared in DIVER October 2010
Ranked by drop (and through a little judicious cheating), John Liddiard presents his countdown to the great dives for those UK divers who just like to hang out. What will be number one