Coastwatch is calling on volunteers to survey the coast around Ireland by October 22nd .
The survey is official closing this Wednesday 15th but as in previous years there is a final call and extra week to get all those survey intensions translated into reality!
What it involves: You would take on one or more 500m long survey units and walk them just once around low tide, completing a shore audit form looking at type of shore, values, use, streams entering, key wildlife and habitats, invasive alien species, litter and threats.
All survey information is on www.Coastwatch.org and regional coordinators are ready to help you.
Or go directly to the Coastwatch Map to choose a survey area now. Zoom in and click the blue and white lines denoting a 500 meter survey unit and the ID code will show up. The map can be stored on your phone.
Results: the several hundred audit reports will be analysed and mapped. As most now send their results back electronically, there is a very fast turnaround with results summary, high and lowlights reported by the end of November.
For NI contact Monica McCard (Queens University) 075 80045293 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If there was a larger group which wanted guidance or training one of would try to come out.