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Oct 30, 2017

Big Seaweed Search


Help the Natural History Museum monitor the effects of environmental change on Britain's sealife by exploring the seashore and recording the living seaweeds you find there.

 

The UK is a special place for seaweeds. Unfortunately, seaweeds are not as popular as flowers, butterflies or birds, so fewer people make and submit observations of them.

 

As a result, we know comparatively little about the abundance and distribution of seaweed species, and how this may change over time.  Understanding more about seaweeds is critical to protecting marine environments.

Gutweed 

The Natural History Museum aims to scale up the survey to collect thousands of new observations and to focus on key environmental issues that need more research such as:-

 - rising sea temperature

 - the arrival and spread of non-native species of seaweed 

 - ocean acidification (the sea becoming more acidic as a result of absorbing carbon dioxide from the air)

 

To find out more or to take part in the simple survey click here

Solway Firth Partnership