The Shore Thing is an initiative of MarLIN, the Marine Life Information Network, working with schools and community groups to collect information on the marine life of rocky shores around Britain. The project follows on from the UK’s Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change Programme (MarClim). MarClim provided strong evidence that recent climate change has resulted in changes in the abundance, population structure and biogeographic ranges of a number of intertidal indicator species. The survey protocol and methodologies have been developed from MarClim. All the information collected by volunteers will be made available online and will help to build a picture of the present state of UK rocky shores and measure change in the future.
For those of you in the Channel Islands the La Societe Guernesiaise is organising two tranining sessions on the 15th and 16th March 2014. Please click here for more information and contact details.
As part of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society (PMNHS) conference in Galway, Ireland we are organising two training days at the following locations:
Monday 31st March - Dog's Bay, Connemara, low water is 0.2m @ 12:11:
Bus will be leaving from NUIG at 9am. Meet at Ward's Shop, University Road.
Or meet in car park at Dogs Bay at 10.30am, 53 22' 56.18"N, 9 57' 50.42"W.
Tuesday 1st April - Spiddal, Connemara, low water is 0.3m @ 12.51:
Bus will be leaving from NUIG at 10.30am. Meet at Ward's Shop, University Road.
Or meet by the big pier in Spiddal at 11am, 53 14' 26.73"N, 9 18' 44.22"W.
You don't have to attend the conference to come along to the training. This is a first for Ireland which we hope will lead to the development of a network of surveys sites around the coast. Please contact us for more details and to regsiter your interest.
Hopefully before too long the rain will stop and the gales will ease so we can get out on the shore. Now is a good time to start thinking about times and dates for surveys. Volunteers completed over 80 surveys in 2013 so the challenge is to do more in 2014.
If you would like information on the tide times in your area or on how you can get involved please contact us.
Shore Thing now has a Twitter account. Please follow us on @ShoreThing_MBA
Shore Thing Survey Guide!
This new guide sets out Shore Thing survey techniques and species identification. Printed on waterproof paper this A5, 24 page guide contains: a brief explanation of the main features of the rocky shore; details on how to carry out a transect survey and timed species search; anatomical features of seaweed and sea snails, and photographs and key features of 43 species. There is a special section on non-native species, records of which should be sent to the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) http://www.marlin.ac.uk/rml.php
This guide is free of charge to Shore Thing participants. Please contact the Shore Thing Project Officer, Fiona Crouch. Email: email@example.com or telephone: 01752 633336. If you would like several copies then a donation towards post and packing would be very much appreciated.
Over the past three years Species of the Month has featured all 22 climate change indicators used during the Shore Thing timed species search and a number of non-native species. Click here to see the full list of species and accompanying information.