News
Jul 21, 2016

Capturing Our Coast


Following on from the success of workshops held in May the 'Capturing Our Coast' or CoCoast Project is running another Train the Trainer event on 26th to 29th August 2016 at Millport Marine Station, Isle of Cumbrae, Scotland. 

 

Capturing our Coast (CoCoast) is an exciting new Marine Citizen Science Project, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, which aims to empower members of the public to contribute to meaningful and robust data collection in intertidal habitats. It includes a range of survey and experimental tasks that will provide information on species range shifts, changes in phenology, impacts of invasive species, and other aspects of environmental and ecosystem change.


The range of activities available to volunteers facilitates flexibility and sustains retention and engagement. It includes volunteers choosing a package of 8 species to adopt and survey systematically, increasing the degree to which they become ‘expert’ identifiers, and allowing them to survey independently. More involved experimental work provides further opportunities to work independently, in teams or alongside scientists to explore scientific hypotheses.


Training for CoCoast volunteers is delivered from 7 university, research and conservation organisations around England, Scotland and Wales, namely Newcastle, Hull, Portsmouth and Bangor Universities, Scottish Institute for Marine Science, Marine Biological Association and Marine Conservation Society. Our partners also include: Northumberland Wildlife Trust, EarthWatch, Durham Heritage Coast, Thanet Coast, North West Coastal Forum, Cefas and Natural History Museum.


CoCoast now wish to extend the geographic reach of this project, and support volunteers who do not live with easy reach of the 7 Training Hubs. In addition, the proect wants to maximise the power of Citizen Science data collated across mainland UK, by joining with and working alongside organisations to ensure standardisation of protocols, and sharing of best practice.

 

This course is aimed at practitioners working in coastal conservation and/or with remits for marine public engagement and citizen science. CoCoast reserve the right to prioritise places on this course for staff from these organisations. It is hoped that participants will share their expertise in supporting volunteers and co-ordinating marine citizen science projects. There will be a focus on Capturing our Coast protocols, and exploring the extent to which other organisations may be able or willing to support volunteers in the collection of data through this route. It is appreciated that many attendees may be experienced practitioners in this field, but the power of what CoCoast can achieve is through join-up of and organisations working together, with standardisation of protocols. By attending this course, you are not committing yourself or your organisation to necessarily delivering CoCoast protocols.


Funding for this course is provided by Heritage Lottery Fund to cover meals, tuition, course materials and use of field equipment. Attending organisations are asked to cover the costs of their accommodation only.


For more information click here or to find out if you are eligible to attend, please contact: cocoast@newcastle.ac.uk or cocoast@earthwatch.org.uk

 

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