Welcome to Ocean Beauty! My name is Hayley Adlam and I am the 23 year old woman behind the words!
Check out what I have been up to by following the link below….
I felt it would be beneficial to document my journey as Miss Hampshire during my reign in 2013/2014 from pageants and charity work to my university education, graduate travels and employment as an Offshore Graduate Surveyor. I have a passion for the oceans and revolve my volunteering and charity efforts predominantly around marine conservation and the protection of marine mammals.
Above: Photography by Hayley Adlam
I am a fully qualified marine mammal observer and surveyor, previously working voluntarily for marine conservation charity ORCA (Organisation Cetacea – http://www.orcaweb.org.uk) educating the public about the marine environment and the whales and dolphins sighted within the Bay of Biscay and the North Sea onboard; Pride of Bilbao, Dana Serena and Pont Aven. This developed into the start of my career within the offshore sector where I took a placement position working as a marine mammal observer implementing noise mitigation techniques within the offshore oil, gas and renewables sector.
I am a current member of ORCA donating on a monthly basis and I actively follow many marine petitions which I sign in order to help the organisations across the globe who have the power to implement marine protection with the correct number of supporters. The campaigns I am most passionate about include ‘Stopping the Slaughter of the Taiji Dolphins’ which was documented in 2008 by Ric O’Barry, previously the man who produced the film ‘Flipper’. He is now aiming to end the Japanese drive fishery slaughter of dolphins and stop the capture and live trade of dolphins to zoos and aquariums around the world. Another one of the largest animals in our oceans in need of protection is the shark family. These fish have been viciously slaughtered due to inaccurate representation through the media and in particular the 1975 film ‘Jaws’. Follow the link to watch the documentary Sharkwater (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CI1YBCMqbik), a documentary which will change your perception of one of the oceans most fascinating animals.
Above: Photography by Dave Freeman Photography
Since being crowned Miss Hampshire on 6th May 2013 I have actively been trying to use my title to make a difference through charitable deeds and enhancing my knowledge of issues both humanitarian and natural on our planet. I have additionally engaged in a range of promotional media including modelling and music video shoots. However, more importantly, my university exams in BSc Marine Geography with then the long awaited for collection of results and graduation have also taken place – these are the stepping stones giving me the key to helping change our planet by using my scientific knowledge of the marine environment to help research the areas which I aim to campaign for. These include the protection of cetaceans and sharks across the globe from exploitation, illegal trade and captivity.
The prestigious Miss England finals have also since taken place whereby the stunning Miss North London – Kirsty Heslewood – was blessed with the Miss England crown and will now be representing our country and all the lovely Miss England finalists at the Miss World finals in Indonesia this September. She is a very worthy winner who encompasses all the qualities of a good Miss England – strong, confident, charitable, kind, beautiful and ambitious, and has worked incredibly hard already with her title to achieve the Miss England crown so lets hope she takes the world by storm and brings home the Miss World crown!
I feel truly blessed to be given this title as Miss Hampshire which has already opened up so many doors and has also enabled me to help those less fortunate than myself via the Miss World charity “Beauty with a Purpose” (BWAP). BWAP supports disadvantaged children across the globe, details can be found at: www.beautywithapurpose.com/. In the run up to the Miss England finals I managed to fundraise over £500 for BWAP within a space of 4 weeks. This was an amazing achievement for myself as I was studying and undertaking my university finals at the same time as preparing for the Miss England competition.
Above: Stephanie Stanyard Photography (Portraits) & Hayley Adlam (Marine Mammals)
Recent charitable engagements include hosting a pre-Miss England charity evening at Fordingbridge RFC, cake sale, car boot sale, ‘Guess the Sweets in the Jar’ competition and a raffle with some gorgeous prizes donated by local businesses. Another charity raffle at Bookers and Bolton Soliciters in Alton, also enabled me to raise £135 for the youth mental health charity “Young Minds” another charity close to my heart.
Helping those less fortunate than ourselves is a truly inspirational and heart-warming past-time and in the future I hope to climb to Everest base camp in order to raise money for charity in Autumn 2015. This will be both a personal challenge and an engagement which will hopefully raise a huge amount of money for charity! I am currently looking for a company sponsor to get involved with this endeavour so please contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested!
Through this blog, I also aim to share my story, update you with my adventures, share my science and hopefully inspire young women across the globe to follow their dreams, take every opportunity and live life to the full!
Please follow me on Twitter @hayleyadlam and on Facebook;http://www.facebook.com/hadlam
Miss Hampshire xxx
- Save Whales and Dolphins from Deafness (forcechange.com)
- Feds Give Navy Green Light to Kill Whales and Dolphins (switchboard.nrdc.org)
- Porpoises in the Thames: did storm surge lead pod up river? (theweek.co.uk)
- NOAA introduces Dolpin and Whale 911 (newsherald.com)
- Bristol model Amy Willerton confirmed for I’m a Celebrity (bristol-culture.com)
- A North Atlantic mystery: case of the missing whales. (e360.yale.edu)
- Woman who was teased at school for being “geeky and spotty” wins beauty pageant (express.co.uk)
- Offshore Life as a Girl… Cabin 621 (adlamadventures.wordpress.com)