The Coastwatch Survey is designed to give an overview of the state of the coast. It involves volunteers from all walks of life checking their chosen 500m stretch of coast (survey unit) once around low tide, and jotting observations down on the survey questionnaire while on the shore. This citizen science work can be augmented with water tests. Data is then collected and pooled to provide a snapshot of state in areas surveyed at that time – see examples from Ireland N and S below.
IN TRANSITION – The Coastwatch survey was born in 1987 and has adapted over time with updates from paper maps to modern GIS and alignment to EU water law like the MSFD, WFD, Waste and Nature law. 2017 is a year in transition where new methods and materials are being tried in different countries. However some common base questions will be identical and will be pooled for a European report.
- All Ireland - Northern Ireland and Rep. of Ireland - See materials and info below (from Sept 15th to Oct 15th).
- SW of England - Takes place at the same time as the All Ireland Survey (from Sept 15th to Oct 15th).
- Spain - Coordinated nationally by Colectivo Ornitológico Cigüeña Negra
- Portugal - Coordinated by GEOTA: Grupo de Estudos de Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente
- Malta - Update in progress
- Romania - Update in progress
- Germany - Update in progress
ALL IRELAND SURVEY 2017
Here you will find all relevant documents and links for the All Ireland Coastwatch Survey (some of the links below will only be active during the Survey period). The Coastwatch Survey 2018 will start on September 15th. You may start booking your survey site(s) now! You can see results from previous years here. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
Overall Coordination: KDubsky@coastwatch.org or +353 (0) 868111684 ·· Northern Ireland: Dave.Wall@ulsterwildlife.org or +44 7739 700793
Extras – Coastwatch materials for use as any time of year:
3. Data Return – submit the results of your work online