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Objective

CoastWatch
To monitor the coastal and wetland environments in all of Ireland, to campaign for improvements to environmental policies and for the implementation of existing environmental legislation, and to organise public information events and seminars.

Targeted Species & Habitats

CoastWatch

About this project

CoastWatch
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.

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CoastWatch

How can you contribute?

Coastwatch

1. Find an area to survey:

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

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

2. Download the materials:

Coastwatch Survey Questionnaire - use one for every survey unit (500 m).

Survey Guide Notes - Read them before you go out to survey

3. Plan your survey:

Contact Coastwatch regional coordinator or TCD office to get extra materials (Nitrate/nitrite test sticks, micro litter sample  containers), to get an area allocated, to ask for training or any clarification, etc.

Check for low tide at http://bit.do/tidetime – plan your survey to start about 1 or 1.5 hours before low tide.

4. Data return:

Survey Results Input Form

Email all interesting pictures to survey@coastwatch.org (indicate survey site and if they are to attribute to you or not)

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