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Citizen scientists needed for Shoresearch survey

The Wildlife Trusts are calling on people to get involved with their Shoresearch citizen science project and record what they find on our coastline, beaches, rockpools and estuaries.

Our seas are home to some fascinating and beautiful creatures,  but we need to find out more about where they live to give them better protection.

Starting Saturday 27th of July 2019 – to coincide with National Marine Week – Shoresearch will help The Wildlife Trusts monitor marine life on UK shores. The data collected through this national effort will help experts gain a better understanding of the effects of pollution, climate change, and invasive alien species on our fragile sealife.

Anyone can get involved by going along to a free Shoresearch event, hosted by a coastal Wildlife Trust, where training will be given to identify and record intertidal plants and animals and their habitats.

Joan Edwards, Director of Living Seas at The Wildlife Trusts says:

“This is the first time people will be able to contribute to a national effort for our seas and be part of marine conservation in action. People love the sea and want to save it from the many threats it now faces. Shoresearch means they can do something about it and get stuck in. We have developed a new survey method which Wildlife Trusts around the UK are pioneering, and this will contribute to a national database, inform national conservation strategies and mean that protected areas can be properly cared for.”

Shoresearch events will take place during National Marine Week which runs for two weeks until 11th August 2019 to take advantage of the tides.

To find your local coastal Wildlife Trust and more about Shoresearch activities near you go to www.wildlifetrusts.org/shoresearch

Volunteers look at a spiny starfish – Mat Arney, Cornwall Wildlife Trust

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