Life on the Yealm 

The MBA is working with people living in the River Yealm Catchment (Devon) to develop citizen science surveys and events around the Yealm Estuary. We have worked with local schools and community groups on a series of events between January and October 2018, all with the aim of improving understanding and appreciation of local habitats. 

As well as events for local schools we organised the following activities:

Yealm BioBlitz 2018 | 24 hour celebration and inventory of the Yealm’s wildlife

Wildlife Monitoring Techniques Training for people wishing to become more involved in studying and monitoring the health of local grass and meadow habitat.

Identifying and Surveying the Yealm’s Tidal Shore Life workshop and field trip for people wishing to become more involved in studying and monitoring the health of estuarine and marine environment.

Fun Wildlife Survey Techniques For All, including a bug hunting and an introduction to wildlife recording apps. 

Woodland Assessment  Technique & Training fro people wishing to get involved in studying and monitoring the health of local woodland habitat

Photos and highlights from the events 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.

lnodosporus octospora (photo by David Fenwick Jnr)

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

To Find out more see Life on the Yealm on Facebook: @lifeontheyealm

or on Twitter and instagram with #LifeOnTheYealm or #MBABioBlitz

or email to be put on a mailing list to receive details.

The NHBS has written a blog about the BioBlitz:

This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. A full list of funders and supporting organisations can be viewed at HERE