Buglife – The Invertebrate Conservation Trust – is hoping to encourage people to make a day-trip to the beach to take part in the Scottish Seashell Survey.
The Scottish Seashell Survey is a new citizen science project funded by Scottish Natural Heritage that will encourage members of the public to record molluscs and other seashore creatures they find around the coast.
This information will be used to help improve knowledge of the distribution of a variety of species found around our shores, and help monitor the spread of invasive alien species.
The launch of the survey coincided with Keep Scotland Beautiful’s ‘Clean Coast Week’ which aims to encourage everyone to take responsibility for keeping our coasts free from litter and pollution.
The Scottish coastline consists of thousands of miles of rocky shores, sandy beaches and pebble-covered bays and hosts an amazing range of species. However, beaches are under threat from littering, pollution and habitat destruction.
Mark Bevan, head of campaigns at Keeep Scotland Beautiful, said: “We know that one of the best ways to encourage respect for the environment, is to learn about the wildlife which often suffers as a result of our behaviour. Let’s clean up our coastline so we and many others can enjoy them this summer whilst out surveying our shells.”
How to take part...
1. Download the free seashell identification guide and survey sheet from: www.buglife.org.uk/seashell-survey.
2. Record the seashore species that you see the next time you visit the coast.
3. Submit you sighting online (along with a photograph if possible) to the same webpage: www.buglife.org.uk/seashell-survey.