Come along to our free interactive open day – Beyond Capturing Our Coast Southwest needs Citizen Scientists to help survey our coasts!

Beyond Capturing Our Coast invite you to a free, fun filled day at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth to get involved with our interactive marine-themed displays and find out how to get involved with marine science. On Saturday 13th April 2019 between 13:00-17:00, everyone, regardless of previous knowledge or skill, is welcome to attend. Returning and new faces are encouraged to dive in!

During the day, there will be many activities to get involved with, from seeing the diversity of animals that live on our shores, identifying tiny animals living on algae, getting familiar with some marine invaders and testing your knowledge with our barnacle game! We will be joined by current laboratory and field volunteers who you can have a chat to and ask any questions, they will be more than happy to share their experiences.

The data that volunteers collect in these projects will contribute to public and scientific knowledge of our rocky shores and marine wildlife. Other opportunities to get involved include our monthly Wine and Science evenings and beach cleans with the Marine Conservation Society. Our open day will give you all the information you need to get started and discover the local wildlife.

Previous staff member but now enthusiastic volunteer Kathryn Pack, said: “Capturing Our Coast was a great project which enthused over 3,000 people about marine wildlife and encouraged the collection of fantastic data alongside scientists. Now that CoCoast is over we want to keep the support going at the Marine Biological Association for our volunteers and encourage new people to join the growing community of citizen scientists”.

Mike, a dedicated, passionate volunteer, has had his interests sparked by taking part over the last few years. He said “Previously I had not been aware of the fantastic diversity that is present on our shores; I’m looking forward to engaging and passing on the same level of enthusiasm that has made me so passionate”.

To find out more about how to get involved, come to the event at the Marine Biological Association laboratory on Plymouth Hoe, postcode PL1 2PB. Make sure to get down here for the welcome talk at 13:30. For more information email us at or visit

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Beyond Capturing Our Coast is funded by Sea Changers.

Find out more about Capturing our Coast.


Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) was the biggest marine intertidal citizen science project of its kind in the UK and ran between 2015-2018, engaging the public with rocky shore wildlife and science.

Beyond CoCoast Southwest are happy to announce the continuation of Capturing our Coast activities hosted at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth.

Previous staff members but now enthusiastic volunteers Kathryn Pack, Hannah Wilson and Leoni Adams are continuing the fantastic projects from the national project and encouraging members of the public to get involved.

Apr 16, 2019 By guba