Volunteers helping with Shoresearch © Kent Wildlife Trust
Shoresearch is Kent Wildlife Trust’s volunteer scheme to identify and record animals and plants in their habitats on the shore. The aim is to build a baseline of data on the wildlife that occurs on the shores around Kent, to help promote its conservation.
What does Shoresearch do?
Kent Wildlife Trust organises a full programme of survey events throughout the year when we visit selected intertidal sites around the coast and record all the species and habitats we find. In addition to the now well-established Shoresearch recording of species distribution and diversity around our shores, at some sites we also undertake some more quantitative transect and quadrat surveys alongside the usual recording. This enables us to assess more accurately the relative richness of shores, and to provide a better measure of change over time.
Can I join in?
Everyone is welcome to come to the events - you do not need to have any knowledge of marine life before joining in with Shoresearch, and you can usually simply turn up on the day (unless indicated otherwise against the specific event). The survey events provide a good opportunity for those new to marine life identification and marine surveys to learn in the field from experienced Shoresearchers. Shoresearch events are not usually suitable for young children or dogs, and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
In addition to the organised survey events, we are very keen to encourage people out on the shore at any time to fill in a Shoresearch form and send it to us.
We are most grateful for the funding we have received for our Shoresearch programme from Biodriven.