Sussex Shoresearch

Shoresearch is a volunteer scheme to identify and record animals, plants and habitats along our shoreline. The aim of the project is to build a baseline of data on intertidal wildlife around Sussex to help promote its conservation.

What does Shoresearch do?

The Sussex Shoresearch team organises a programme of survey events throughout the year when we visit selected sites around the coast and collect a record of the species and habitats we find.

We conduct a variety of different surveys, including general 'walkover' surveys as well as more quantitative studies using quadrats and timed species searches. We usually survey for 2 - 3 hours.

We've surveyed a number of different locations over the years - this is where we went in 2017:

Shoresearch survey locations 2017

Can I join?

We welcome volunteers of all ability and experience to join Shoresearch. The survey events provide a great opportunity for those new to marine life identifications and marine surveys to learn in the field from experienced Shoresearchers.

Shoresearch events are not usually suitable for young children, and we ask not to bring dogs. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

How to get involved:

If you would like to join Shoresearch you can sign up to our emailing list via the form at the bottom of this page. For more information please you contact Sarah Ward, the Living Seas Officer, either via this online form or on 01273 497572. We don't limit the numbers on an event but by knowing who to expect we can wait for anyone who is delayed on the day.

Please see the Upcoming Events below for details of where we will be surveying.

For surveys, please bring:

  • Appropriate clothing for weather conditions on the day (warm clothing and waterproof trousers are often useful; sun protection)
  • Sturdy footwear - wellies or other waterproof footwear, preferably with good ankle support
  • Drinking water
  • A hand lens is useful, if you have one
  • Washing-up gloves are useful for poking about in rock-pools in cold weather!
  • Collins Pocket Guide to the Sea Shore of Britain and Northern Europe is a useful field guide (although not essential)

Upcoming Events:

Friday 10th August - Seven Sisters

Meeting time: 15:00
Meeting point: Seven Sisters car park (south of A259) (BN25 4AD)
Survey type: Biodiversity transect and walkover

Friday 7th September - Thornham Point, Chichester Harbour

Meeting time: 13:15
Meeting point: Lay-by at the junction of Thornham Lane and Thorney Road (PO10 8DD)
Survey type: Walkover

Monday 10th September - Bognor Rocks, Aldwick

Meeting time: 17:00
Meeting point: Outside Aldwick Beach Cafe (PO21 2FZ)
Survey type: Timed species search and walkover

A PDF version of the schedule can be downloaded here:

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