Citizen Science

Get involved in citizen science; take part in surveys and record marine life. 

Citizen Science is the involvement of citizens in scientific study. the MBA has a very long history of involving citizens in the collection of scientific data and continues with this tradition through a number of citizen science projects. 

The MBA is a member of the European Citizen Science Association and we strive to follow the '10 principles of Citizen Science' published by the association. Members of the MBA's education team are also members of the international Citizen Science Association

Warming seas, non-native invaders and human activities are all affecting our marine environment. Records of marine life are needed to inform decision-makers, to track changes, to find out why things are changing.  Get involved with Sealife Survey.

The MBA runs an annual Bioblitz with partners, as well as supporting and participating in Bioblitz events run by other organisations. The MBA is also actively involved in the National Bioblitz Network. The 2009 Wembury Bioblitz, run in partnership with the Natural History Museum was one of the first in the country and was (to the best of our knowledge!) The first mass participation marine Bioblitz in the UK. These 24 hour events record biodiversity in the marine environment, and a range of other coastal habitats within a set boundary. We invite participants with all levels of expertise and all ages to join us and are always on the lookout for new venue suggestions.

Unfortunately, due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, for the first time since 2009 we have been unable to run our annual BioBlitz event in the usual way. 

We are however pleased to announce that we will be running an e-BioBlitz using the i-Naturalist platform in partnership with the Time and Tidebell Project. between the 15th and 20th of October.

If you are not familiar with the i-naturalist platform, we suggest you download the app and try it out before the event. We will also be running two short trouble-shooting workshops for anyone interested in taking part on the 15th of October  at 09:30 - 10:30 and 16:30 - 17:30.  


Following a series of pre-lockdown community workshops, we hope that this weekend will start to create a baseline species list for the area that will be used in the future to monitor change and identify areas of conservation importance in the vicinity of these community owned artworks. The i-naturalist project pages will be maintained as a space for recording wildlife and sharing this information from the sites into the future and the data collected will be available for all to access and use. So don't worry if you aren't able to take part in the event itself, you will be able to contribute valuable records and help verify sightings any time! 

We will post highlights here and on social media, so keep an eye out for #TidebellBioBlitz2020 and #MBABioBlitz for interesting updates in the weeks before, during and after the event. 

Ways to get involved

  • If you live close to the Time and Tidebell installations at Morecambe, Mablethorpe or Appledore, we would love you to visit the coast during this time (following Covid safety guidance in the area at all times) and photograph and record any wildlife you encounter using the i-naturalist platform.
  • If you already survey wildlife in the area or fish or work in the areas, please let us know what you find.
  • If you live in the survey area, you can also share records of wildlife in and around your home and garden!
  • If you live further away or are unable to visit the shore for any reason, don't worry! We are also keen for anyone interested in the event to log on to i-naturalist and help identify and verify records that come in during the weekend. 
  • Post your finds and photos on social media using #TidebellBioBlitz2020 and #MBABioBlitz and encourage others to do the same
  • Tell everyone you know to take part!

Please remember to take photographs of anything you see as these are essential to create a usable wildlife record!

Why this weekend? 

This weekend has been selected as it falls during spring tides. These tides are often best for carefully exploring the shore and strandline without entering the water. October is also an interesting month for marine life on the shore and strandlines including migrating birds, whilst the water is warm, increased storm action can also result in even more interesting marine life being found on strandlines. 

We have extended the event beyond the usual 24 hours to enable participants to visit in their own time and avoid crowding.

Safety and the environment

Whilst this is not an organised physical event and your participation is entirely at your own risk, we would encourage you to take care whilst out and about. In particular, please follow these guidelines:

  • Take note of tide times and sea conditions when visiting the shore and time your visit to avoid incoming tides
  • Never go out into the field alone or at least without telling someone where you are
  • Children should be accompanied by an adult
  • Follow the current Covid safety guidance for your area and avoid meeting in large groups
  • Take only photographs and memories and leave nothing that wasn't there before you were.
  • Avoid approaching and disturbing mammals and birds
  • Do not access private land to undertake surveys without permission
  • Whilst you may need to handle animals and plants in order to photograph and record them, please keep this to a minimum and ensure no harm is caused.

Our 2019 BioBlitz returned to the location of the first ever public, UK marine and coastal BioBlitz. 10 years on, in partnership with Devon Wildlife Trust, The National Trust and a host of local and national partners to run another, wildlife recording event at the nationally important, habitat and species rich site.

Wembury is an incredibly diverse area, over 1300 species were identified by over 600 participants from both public and school groups. Thanks to this support, we managed to find the incredibly rare Giant goby (Gobius cobitis), the St pirans hermit crab (Clibanarius erythropus), and the newly invasive Orange pore fungus (Favolaschia calocera) a species native to Madagascar, which has never before been recorded in the UK before. 

 Download full BioBlitz report

Thanks to our sponsors, participants, experts and all involved for making this year's BioBlitz so successful.

Sponsors: The National Lottery Community Fund, South West Water, South Hams District Council - Councillor Matthew Chown Locality Funding 


Yealm BioBlitz 2018
The MBA's 10th Annual BioBlitz was held on the Yealm, in Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo in South Devon, in July.  

Hundreds of local people and experts from across the South West took part in a 24-hour wildlife search. Locally found water bears, also known as tardigrades, provided participants with a view into their microscopic world. With long, plump bodies and scrunched-up heads, they are almost indestructible, which is more than can be said for the estuary’s more vulnerable species.

The rare olive crescent moth was recorded for the first time in Devon and greater horseshoe bats flew by during the dusk walk search for species. The European spiny lobster, also known as crawfish, with its heavily armoured body and small hook-like claws was also recorded.

Photos and highlights from the BioBlitz were showcased in a celebration of the diversity of life along the Yealm at an event in the WI Hall in Newton Ferrers on Saturday 13th October. The event was organised by the Marine Biological Association and supported by the Royal Society of Biology, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Yealm Waterside Homes.

Blue tit (photo by Bella Leal) - u18 winning entry in the Life on the Yealm photo competition 

The Life on the Yealm report and a pdf of the species records from the Yealm BioBlitz are available at the bottom of this page (if you would like an Excel version of the records, please email: 

You can keep up-to-date with Life on the Yealm via Facebook: @lifeontheyealm

In addition, training has been provided to school children, teachers and the community around the Yealm estuary as part of a wider Life on the Yealm initiative being organised by the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.   

Other events organised have included:

-               Fun wildlife survey techniques for all ages in Brookings Down Wood from 4:30pm – 6:30pm on 5th June 

-               Woodland assessment technique training in Brookings Down Wood from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on 5th June 

-               Identifying and surveying the Yealm’s tidal shore life training workshop and field trip from 10:30am - 5pm on 17th June 

-               Wildlife survey technique training at Newton Down solar farm from 6:30pm – 9pm on 26th June

For further information please contact the MBA education team via:  
or call 01752 426493

Thank you to the following sponsors who are supporting the Life on the Yealm and Yealm BioBlitz:

 Heritage Lottery Fund

Waterside Homes for 2019: 

Revelstoke Community Trust

Royal Society of Biology



The Life on the Yealm and the Yealm BioBlitz are also being kindly supported by:

Newton and Noss Environment Group

South Devon AONB Unit: 



Lee Bay BioBlitz 2017

22nd - 23rd September 2017

 Our 2017 BioBlitz took place at Lee Bay, near Illfracombe, North Devon on the 22nd - 23rd September.The event was run in partnership with North Devon Coast AONB and Coastwise North Devon. It was part of the Heritage Lottery funded Coastal Creatures project with additional funding from Fullabrook CIC.

Prizes were kindly donated by Wild Nature Press and Paul & Teresa Naylor.

Lee Bay is set in a valley with abundant flora and fauna in woodlands, streams, rocky shore and cliffs which serve as an excellent lookout point for marine megafauna. We used the village hall as our base which is a 10-minute walk down to one of the most diverse rocky shores in the AONB. More information about Lee Bay can be found here: 

The BioBlitz welcomed local school groups from 10:30 am on Friday 22nd September and was open to the public at 2.00pm. The BioBlitz finished at 3:30 pm on Saturday 23rd. with an initial total of 502 species.


The event was run in proud partnership with Coastwise North Devon and North Devon Coast AONB

Downloads and Reports

Download Final report here:

PDF icon Lee Bay BioBlitz report.pdf

Download event flier here:

PDF icon Bioblitz 2017 Flier.pdf 

Download event timetable here:

PDF icon BioBlitz 2017 Timetable.pdf


The event was kindly supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Fullabrook CIC


For more images of the event and updates on future events visit us on facebook: MBA Bioblitz or search twitter for the hashtag #Leebaybioblitz



    Plymouth Hoe Bioblitz 2016

    14th – 15th October 2016

    The 2016 Bioblitz was held on and around Plymouth Hoe, with our very own Citadel Hill Laboratory as the base camp. A massive thank you to all those who joined us as a volunteer, expert or member of the public. We’d also especially like to thank our sponsors: Plymouth University Marine Institute, Wright and Owen Electricals, Collard Construction and Information in Images without whom this event would not have been possible.

    We had over 200 school children from 6 local schools and home school groups visit us as well as 200+ experts, volunteers and members of the public attend. Activities included: seashore surveys, crabbing, plankton netting, plant walks, bug hunts and more.

    Over 1,024 species were identified from 1,904 records, which is a fantastic feat for an urban Bioblitz.

    Downloads and reports


    For more images of the event and updates on future events visit us on facebook: MBA Bioblitz or search twitter for the hastag #mbabioblitz


    The event was kindly supported by Plymouth University Marine InstituteWright and Owen Electrical Services, Collard Construction and Information in Images.

     Participating organisations and projects


    For any further information about this, previous or future events, please do not hesitate to contact or call 01752 633336.

    Salcombe Bioblitz 2015

    In 2015 the Bioblitz was held in North Sands, Salcombe. Surveying took place from 11am on Sunday the 27th September until 2pm on Monday the 28th September 2015. Over the course of the 24+ hours of the event, 11 timetabled, public-participation activities took place, including scientific surveys and guided walks. More than 250 people attended, including 75 local school children, and over 150 volunteers, experts and enthusiasts, families and members of the public.

    A total of 1109 species were recorded.

    Downloads and reports


      Twitter photo competition

      Thanks to the Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa the MBA is offering a great prize for the twitter photo competition. All you have to do is tweet your best Salcombe BioBlitz picture and you could win; A Spa Day for two at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa including lunch in the Jetty Restaurant

      All you have to do is take a picture reflecting your Salcombe BioBlitz‪  best bit and post it on twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎MBABioBlitz‬. We will announce the winner at the end of the BioBlitz on Monday after 15.00!

      For more images of the event and updates on future events visit us on facebook: MBA Bioblitz or search twitter for the hastag #mbabioblitz


      The event was supported by South Devon AONB and AMBIOS Ltd.
      We are also very grateful to the following organisations for their support:

      We are still seeking sponsorship and support for the event, so please get in touch if you are able to help!

      Participating organisations and projects


      For any further information about this, previous or future events, please do not hesitate to contact or call 01752 426493.

      Batten Bay Bioblitz 2014

      Our annual Bioblitz took place at Batten Bay, Plymouth, on the 12th – 13th September 2014.

      A total of 1027 species were recorded thanks to the invaluable support of all those involved. Thank you for helping us make this possible!

      Surveying began at 11:00 on Friday 12th and finished at 15:00 on Saturday 13th, with the total number of 788 species recorded during the 24h+ of the event announced at 15:00. From this result, the winner of the ICES ‘Guess the number of species’ competition was found, with Christine Carol (Ambios) wining the limited ICES windbreak jacket prize.

      With more than 1,100 species recorded at last year’s Bioblitz in Looe, expectations were high for the MBA’s sixth Bioblitz. The event was part of Plymouth’s Ocean City Festival and ran in parallel with the Ecover Blue Mile event. The event was another great opportunity for all those interested in running a survey or activity, volunteering in other ways or simply coming along to take part and learn more about the amazing wildlife found in and around Plymouth Sound.

      Downloads and reports

      Christine – winner of the ICES ‘Guess the number of species competition’


      Our Facebook event page, was an excellent tool to keep everybody up-to-date during the run up to the event. Now it is packed full with pictures for your reference and may still be used for other necessary updates. Please like it and share it to help us spread the word.


      Crowdfunder Bio Blitz 2014 – Crowdfunder from SWFishUk on Vimeo. Our Crowdfunder Project was successfully funded. Thank you and congratulations to all who showed their support and obtained the amazing rewards that were on offer. Also a BIG THANK YOU to all who kindly offered these rewards, including Aquanauts, Wild Nature Press, South West Fish, Mount Batten Centre and the local artists.

      We would like to thank the Mount Batten Ferry (yellow water taxi departing from the Barbican, Plymouth) for offering a generous discount fare to and from the event from Plymouth Barbican .

      The Batten Bay Bioblitz 2014 was supported by Plymouth University Marine Institute and SWFish.

      “Plymouth University is proud to be a partner of the Batten Bay BioBlitz. In these changing times it is crucially important that we document the incredible variety of life of our coastal and marine environments. This BioBlitz will help to increase public awareness of these areas, and also help to safeguard them for future generations.”

      Richard Ticehurst, Plymouth University’s Marine Institute.

      “It’s important to bring the community together and experience what sort of wildlife exists on our coastline. Understanding how we can best preserve them for future generations, while encouraging responsible attitudes towards their environments and the beautiful coastline on our doorsteps. We’re proud to be part of this year’s Mount Batten BioBlitz!”

      Andrew Jinman, South West Fish

      The event was hosted by the Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth.

      Participating organisations and projects


      For any further information about this, previous or future events, please do not hesitate to contact or call 01752 633336.

      Looe Biolblitz 2013

      Our annual Bioblitz took place on 23-24 June 2013 in Looe, Cornwall.

      Surveying began midday on Sunday 23rd and finished at midday on Monday the 24th. The grand total was announced at 14:00. We hoped to record in excess of 1,000 species.  We are pleased to announce a grand total of 1142 species were recorded during the event. Huge thanks to all of the experts, and volunteers for all of your effort!


      The Bioblitz is took place as part of the Interreg funded Marinexus project, and of the British Ecological Society’s Festival of Ecology a public-focused nationwide celebration of ecological science.

      We were also fortunate enough to receive a generous grant from Sea Changers, which allowed us to run snorkel survey sessions throughout the event. 

      We gratefully acknowledge the support of all our funders.

        Participating organisations and projects 


        Please contact us  if you are interested in getting involved in or sponsoring future events: or 01752 426493.

        Cawsand Bay Bioblitz 2012

        A HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved in this year’s Bioblitz, including all those of you who helped ‘behind the scenes’ before and after the event and everyone who was able to brave the weather to join us. Without all of your support, the event would not have been possible!

        We are delighted to report that we managed to break 3 figures and our current species total stands at 1060! We had 133 people signed in at base camp through the weekend and a similar number taking part in the outside activities overall. We also had over 60 people from the Plymouth Blue Sound Project working with us and a few other small groups working outside, which takes the total to approximately 300 participants overall!

        Notable species recorded during the BioBlitz: 

        • Giant goby Gobius cobitus –A rare intertidal fish species, protected under the W&C Act only found in a few sites in the south west.
        • The Marine Springtail, Anurida maritima and Shore Bristletail, Petrobius maritimus, a couple of the few marine-adapted terrestrial invertebrates
        • The Great Green Bush-cricket Tettigonia viridissima
        • Scarlet Tiger Callimorpha dominula
        • Bordered Shieldbug (first record southwest of Bristol first for the county.
        • A bug, Capsodes gothicus (another county first & first record west of Bournemouth!)
        • The Landhopper, Arcitalitrus dorrieni (originally a NZ species, but in Britain a speciality of the south coast of Devon & Cornwall)
        • A longhorn beetle, Leiopus nebulosus (4th Cornwall record, according to the NBN)
        • Silver Y Autographa gamma and Diamondback Plutella xylostella moths (migrant species)
        • also Elephant, Poplar & Eyed Hawk-moths, Green Arches moth, Long-Winged Conehead crickets, and an adder, which aren’t particularly rare but are nice to see!
        • Epilobium roseum (Pale Willowherb) – found by David Fenwick. Recorded widely across Cornwall but by no means a common species in SE Cornwall, only found in the area at Cremyll in 2007 and at Southdown Quarry in 1990. New for square also.
        • Fumaria bastardii (Tall Ramping-fumitory) – found by Carol Tucker, confirmed by David Fenwick at home. A species rarely recorded in east Cornwall but commonly recorded in the west. Previously recorded from allotments at Cawsand around 1900 by T. J. Willcocks and more recently by Phil Pullen at Empacombe, Cremyll in 2009. So a very good refind of an old record.

        Seine netting from Kingsand Beach

        The view from the Institute at sunrise on day 2

        Downloads and reports

        • Download the final report here 
        • We are still happy to receive species lists, so if you have any species records written down or odd specimens to identify, please send them on to ( as soon as you can. We would also love to hear your highlights from the event ( a few we have received already are given below).

        A late evening visit to basecamp by some charity fundraisers on a fancy dress pubcrawl!

        A beautiful elephant hawk moth Deilephila elpenor caught in traps overnight


          For further information, or if you would like to get involved in future events, contact: or call 01752 426493.

          Mount Edgcumbe Bioblitz 2011

          Our annual Bioblitz took place at Mount Edgcumbe on Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October 2011.

          Beginning at 11.00 on Friday 30th September, finishing at 13.00 on Saturday the 1st October, the FREE event recorded a total of 979 species and included many activities, including:

          Friday 30th September Rockpooling, make your own bug traps, pond dipping, fishing, bat detecting, moth traps, mammal spotting, night-time bug hunt.

          Saturday 1st October Plankton catching, bug hunt, bird watching, shark and ray egg case hunt, pond dipping, fungus foray, microscopes, art and crafts and much more!


          Take a look at pictures from the event 


          The Mount Edgcumbe Bioblitz 2011 was kindly hosted by Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, supported by over 20 organisations, with funding from:

          Participating organisations and projects


          For any further information about this, previous or future events, please do not hesitate to contact or call 01752426493

          Mothecombe BioBlitz 2010

          Our annual Bioblitz took place at Mothecombe Bay, South Devon over 28 hours from 11am on Friday 11th June to 3pm on Saturday 12th June 2010.

          Friday was dedicated to school groups, with four schools from the local area taking part. More than 200 primary school students and a large number of higher education students and trainees took part. Saturday was open to the public from 10am – 3pm.

          The survey area stretched from the western edge of Mothecombe Bay to the eastern side of the Erme Estuary. The survey area extended inland to the Mothecombe carpark and seaward to the mouth of the Erme. This area covers a range of habitats including sub tidal sand and reefs, the rocky shore, sandy beach, coastal cliffs, meadows, scrub and a freshwater stream. Over 1000 species were recorded over the 28 hour long event.


          The event was kindly hosted by the Flete Estate and supported by

          Participating organisations and projetcs


          For any further information about this, previous or future events, please do not hesitate to contact or call 01752 426493.

            Wembury Bioblitz 2009

            The Wembury Bioblitz took place over 24 hours from midday on Friday 21st to midday on Saturday 22nd August 2009 at Wembury Bay, Devon. It was run by the Natural History Museum London and the Marine Biological Association in partnership with the Devon Wildlife Trust and the National Trust and in association with a number of other organisations. The event was a phenomonal success, with over 100 scientists taking part from all over the country and around 1,500 members of the public joining in in some way.

            The Bioblitz survey area stretched from Wembury Point in the west to the mouth of the River Yealm in the east, and the coastal fringe meadows out to the seaward side of the Mewstone. This area covers a range of habitats including sub tidal waters, the rocky shore, beach, coastal cliffs, wet and dry meadows, scrub and a freshwater stream. 

            The Results

            Results of the survey were fascinating with a total of 825 types of plants, animals and fungi being identified during the 24 hours including:

            • 96 species of lower plant (mosses, liverworts and algae incl. seaweeds)
            • 255 species of flowering plants
            • 302 species of invertebrate (incl. 138 insects, most of rest = marine)
            • 99 species of vertebrate (fish, birds, reptiles and mammals)
            • 1  species of protozoan
            • 35 non-native species (4.2 % of total), including several that are highly invasive. The ratio of native to non-native species isn’t that surprising in itself. However, the extent to which some of the invasive species have colonised an area that is so valuable to native wildlife is worrying. In the case of seaweeds (see below) the extent of non-native species was of particular concern
            • 91 (11.0 %) rare and/or protected species by national or international legislation. A result that underlines how valuable Wembury is as a haven for some of Britain’s most sensitive (i.e. ecologically important, or at risk) wildlife and habitats. Wembury is well known as an important area for marine species, but the results of the bioblitz show that it is also an important location for terrestrial plants and invertebrates
            • 16 UK BAP species, including 8 moths, 1 butterfly, 1 bat, 2 birds, 2 fish and 2 reptiles

            Scientific highlights

            The event highlighted several topics that will need to be investigated through on-going research i.e. it will help to direct some of our science activity.

            Moths: Far more species were found than expected (98 in total). 8 of these are BAP species, including a new record for Devon – Epermenia insecurella. This species is nationally scarce and declining and a very rare record indeed. It is also an intriguing story, as the food plant for the species (Thesium humifusum) is not known from Devon and the moth is not thought to travel far from the food plant. It’s something that the Devon Moth Group are looking into further.

            Fish: We found a good range of the expected species (an impressive 43 species in total), including the plaice Pleuronectes platessa, which is a BAP species. Undoubted stars of the show were an adult and a juvenile Giant Goby Gobius cobitis – a protected species known only from a few sites in UK. It’s good to see that it is still found at Wembury, as there have been some doubts as to whether its range is contracting.
            It was also great to see so many juvenile fish of various species and the site is obviously a nursery ground for several commercially important fish, including bass and turbot.

            Seaweeds: The high diversity was to be expected (over 60 species), but we were surprised by the extent of spread shown by non-natives, including the invasive wireweed, Sargassum muticum. Some rock-pools were packed with several species of non-native seaweed to the extent that they contained very few native seaweeds. This will be followed up by the public Big Seaweed Search survey and ongoing research.

            Portuguese Man o’ WarPhysalia physalis and By-the-wind-sailor, Velella velella were found. Both are interesting migratory species that appear on the south coast every now and then and had obviously blown in from considerable distances.

            Downloads and reports 


            To see pictures from the event, visit the OPAL image gallery. Why not also take a look at another account of the surveys on the OPAL website.


            We would also like to thank Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), a Big Lottery Fund grant holder, who supported the event financially.

            Giant goby Gobius cobitis

            Portuguese Man o’War Physalia physalis

            Participating organisations and projects


             For any further information about this, previous or future events, please do not hesitate to contact or call 01752 426493.

            Non-Native Species 

            ​Non-native (Alien, non-indigenous, exotic or introduced) species (NNS) are organisms which have been introduced by humans outside their natural range (Convention on Biological Diversity). Many such species live with no detectable environmental, economic or social consequences. There are a few however, which have identifiable negative impacts on the environment, the economy, and the way we live.  These organisms are commonly referred to as ‘invasive non-native species’ (INNS). The MBA is involved in Non-native Species Research. The Bishop Group  undertakes research into non-native sessile animals and have developed a series of identification guides. The MBA is a partner in the BRC led GB Non-native Species Information Portal and is a key partner in a number of citizen science projects aimed at collecting information about non-native species. 

            Mitten Crab Recording

            Chinese mitten crabs are considered by the IUCN Invasive Specialist Group to be one of the 100 'world's worst' invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such an unwelcome arrival. The full extent of these exotic pests in English and Welsh waters is currently unclear and a consortium of research institutes is requesting mitten crab sightings from members of the public, anglers and waterway workers, to clarify the distribution of this species. The MBA plays a key role in maintaining the scheme and sharing sightings.

            Wakame Watch

            Wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) is a large species of seaweed originating from the Pacific. Wakame Watch has been established by the MBA with funding from Global Ocean in order to generate an up-to-date picture of the distribution of the species, by encouraging recording of sightings from the public, in particular, we are asking divers, snorkelers, recreational boat users, fishermen and environmental surveyors to let us know when they encounter the species. 

            RISC (Recording Invasive Species Counts)

            The Recording Invasive Species Counts (RISC) project is a way to find out more and to contribute to our understanding of the distribution and ecology of non-native species. It is co-ordinated by the NBN and BRC (part of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology), in partnership with recording schemes for the animals and plants. The project is funded by Defra. The MBA have contributed to the development of marine species recording pages and processes records recieved for:

              Alien Invaders

              'Alien Invaders' was a project developed by the MBA in partnership with Holbeton Primary School. It ran from 2007 - 2015 and protocols and identificatino resources are still available to anyone wishing to undertake surveys. Surveys involved school groups undertaking timed searches for a group of specially selected non-native species and generated records, which were used in peer reviewed accademic publications. The project was develop by and for primary school children, but the resources and protocols have been utilised by groups of all ages and abilities to great effect. For more information contact Jack Sewell