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Final day of Forbes conference


Today (Feb 14) is the final day of a conference celebrating the life and achievements of eminent Manx naturalist Edward Forbes.

Forbes is renowned for his work in geology and the marine sciences, and a three-day conference began on Thursday (Feb 12) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Guest speakers have come from around Britain to give lectures at the event, which is being held at the Manx Museum.

Today's keynote speaker is Dr Les Noble from Aberdeen University, who will discuss basking shark genetics. 

Members of local basking shark, whale and dolphin watch groups will give presentations on their work detecting the presence of the mammals in Manx waters. 

This afternoon will feature talks on the work of Manx Wildlife Trust and Seasearch Isle of Man, while Beach Buddies founder Bill Dale will round off the conference.

In his talk 'Dreams can come true', Bill will describe how community action by volunteers willing to do their bit for the environment, has helped transform large stretches of the Island's coastline.

The Forbes conference resumes at 9.15am and Professor Trevor Norton says the event has helped raise the profile of an incredible man:


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