Devon Wildlife Trust’s Wembury Marine Centre has joined a national citizen science survey, working with Coastwise North Devon to record the wildlife on our coastline, helping aid marine conservation efforts.
‘Shoresearch’ is The Wildlife Trusts' national citizen science survey of the intertidal shore, training volunteers to identify and record wildlife. The data is used by experts to monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change and invasive alien species. Starting in 2003, Shoresearch survey data has been key in designating many of our Marine Conservation Zones and will continue to inform marine conservation efforts.
Coastwise, a local group in North Devon, have been participating in training sessions this Summer to learn more about survey methods, developing the skills to navigate North Devon's challenging rocky shores and gather data for the Shoresearch database.
DWT’s Marine Awareness and Engagement Officer Coral Smith says
“We are really pleased to be partnering up with Coastwise. There is so much expertise amongst this volunteer group and we are incredibly fortunate that, through Shoresearch, they will be helping us to monitor the rocky shores of North Devon, keeping an eye on invasive marine species and climate change indicators!”