Shore Thing Project

Painted Top Shell (c) Claire GoodwinPainted Top Shell - a Shore Thing indicator species

The Shore Thing project gives schools and voluntary groups all over Northern Ireland the opportunity to take part in "real science" and to help monitor the impact of rising sea temperatures.

Most coastal organisms are adapted to specific sea temperatures and other specific conditions. Therefore, it's possible to monitor the impact of climate change very closely using the presence, absence and abundance of certain coastal species on our shores.

The Shore Thing project allows anyone interested in the marine environment to contribute to this dataset by completing intertidal surveys using a standard methodology. The results will be available for everyone to see and use.

We are looking for GCSE and A-Level classes, community groups or workplace teams who would like to take part. If you have any questions or would like to register your interest, please email

We will endeavour to facilitate as many surveys as possible; however, priority will be given on a first come, first served basis.

The Shore Thing is an initiative of MarLin, the Marine Life Information Network - please see for more information, and to download survey forms and methodology.