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 2019:

Shoresearch survey locations 2019

You can read further information about what we achieved in 2019 in the below newsletter:

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, 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:

Below is the provisional survey schedule for 2021.Please note that these events are subject to change and booking is essential. Booking will be via EventBrite and will only be available from approximately two weeks prior to each event; you must be registered as a volunteer with Sussex Wildlife Trust to be able to join us.

Tuesday 18th May, 08:30

Monday 24th May, 14:45
Pett Level

Tuesday 1st June, 08:00
Seven Sisters

Monday 7th June, 15:30

Wednesday 16th June, 09:00
Goring Pipe

Tuesday 22nd June, 14:00
The Pound, Eastbourne

Friday 16th July, 09:00

Wednesday 21st July, 13:30

Monday 16th August, 09:30
West Beach, Selsey

Friday 20th August, 13:00
East Pilsey, Chichester Harbour

Monday 6th September, 16:15
Bognor Rocks

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