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David Gregory | 11:06 UK time, Friday, 28 May 2010

Farne Island PuffinThere are many things we'll be covering during Springwatch on Midlands Today. From new research on feeding wild birds to bonkers badger behaviour. But there's one story this year that made Producer Karen's eyes light-up.

After five years of Midlands Springwatch reports we finally managed to make a break for Britain's glorious coastline. So how did landlocked Midlands Today manage this? Turns out the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is based in Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire.

And how did Britain's leading maritime conservation charity end up miles from the actual sea? Well the founder moved back in with his parents in Ross to start the group after university. Keeping it there does make some sense as much of our coastline is about four hours travel from their headquarters.

We're reporting on the Marine Conservation Society plans to give members of the public a say over the Government's proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ).

You can find details of the the Farne Islands scheme we reported on and how to vote on the proposals here and details of other sites here.

Balancing the needs fishing, oil and tourism place on our seas is very difficult and some of the proposals from the MSC are controversial. But this Midlands based charity is leading the way in giving all of us a say in the future of our coastline and seas.

We'll be live from the Farne Islands on Tuesday, but spare a thought as it's rather a dangerous place. The Arctic Terns get very aggressive when you wander near their nests. I ended up covered in both guano and flesh wounds. They did calm down but as you can see from this short clip they still had a go at Kevin our cameraman.


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