Volunteers wanted to help with Coastwatch Survey

Tuesday 19th September 2017

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Ulster Wildlife is urging people from all walks of life to get out to their local shoreline over the next month, until 15 October, to take part in Ireland’s largest citizen science survey of our coast.

Coastwatch Surveys involve volunteers - surfers, bathers, walkers, fishermen, schools, scouts and community groups - checking their chosen 500m stretch of coast once around low tide and recording any observations such as wildlife living there and how it is being impacted by human activities, such as litter and pollution.

Set survey questions are answered while on the shore with posters and guide notes to help. The surveys are designed to help non-specialists collect data, and each survey takes only 1 to 1.5 hours.

Dave Wall, Living Seas Officer with Ulster Wildlife is coordinating the Coastwatch Surveys for Northern Ireland. He said: “The Coastwatch Surveys are a brilliant way of encouraging members of the public to get outdoors, enjoy the coast and discover more about our local marine life. The surveys also generate valuable data which helps produce an important picture of the state of our coastline and its health each year.”

If you are interested in conducting a Coastwatch survey in your area, visit www.coastwatch.org/europe/survey/booking to book your survey site via an interactive map and to download survey forms and detailed instructions.

While no formal training is required to conduct a Coastwatch survey, Ulster Wildlife will be running a number of training days for interested participants. Survey forms and survey test kits will also be provided for those willing to commit to surveying two or more 500m survey sites.

Training dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • Friday 22 Sep, 10 am - 1 pm - Groomsport, Co. Down
  • Friday 29 Sep, 10 am - 1 pm - Glenarm, Co. Antrim
  • Tuesday 3 Oct, 11 am - 2 pm - Portrush, Co. Antrim

If you would like to attend a training session, please email dave.wall@ulsterwildlife.org with your name, training session you are interested in and a contact phone number.

Separate training sessions may be possible for groups of of five or more people.

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