COASTWATCH SURVEY


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.

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. It takes in several countires all around Europe, with some common base questions that are identical and can be pooled for an 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 2018


Here you will find all relevant documents and links for the All Ireland Coastwatch Survey. The Coastwatch Survey 2018 is now over. Please, submit your data online by this Friday 26th of October. We will be starting data analysis next week! You can see results from previous years here. If you have any questions, please email survey@coastwatch.org.

Overall Coordination: KDubsky@coastwatch.org  or  +353 (0) 868111684   ··  Northern Ireland: Dave.Wall@ulsterwildlife.org  or  +44 7739 700793

1. Find an area and plan your survey

Go to the map to choose a survey area. Zoom in and click the blue/white lines denoting a 500 meter survey unit; the ID code will pop up.

If not going out immediately you can book your survey sites using our online form.

You can contact your Coastwatch Regional Coordinator or TCD office survey@coastwatch.org to: (1) get an area allocated or ask for training; (2) get extra materials (Nitrate/nitrite test sticks, etc.)

Check the tides and plan your survey to start about 1 or 1.5 hours before low tide.

2. Download the Materials

Extras – Coastwatch materials for use as any time of year:

Please, use our visible micro litter app!!

We also use other apps (see here).

If your survey unit is in a harbour, marina or includes a slipway/pier

A citizen science pilot pack to raise awareness about the importance of seaweed.

3. Data Return – submit the results of your work online

Please, submit data for each survey unit (500m) individually.

Send us your pictures/videos - NEW!!!!! You can also send them by email to survey@coastwatch.org

By submitting content you agree that it can be used by Coastwatch in publications.We may use your photos or videos in our reports, informative materials, website and social media, crediting you as the author. If you don't want to be named or your photos to be used send us an email instead.

Alternatively you can post your questionnaires and photos (CD) to Civil & Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Rep. of Ireland

 

COASTWATCH SURVEY RESULTS - OPEN DATA


The data collected by the hundreds of volunteers participating every year in the Coastwatch Survey, giving their time and energy for free, is published openly under a Creative Common license (CC BY-NC-SA).