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Capturing our Coast

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Volunteers getting to grips with Rocky shore ID on CoCoast training session.

Volunteers getting to grips with Rocky shore ID on CoCoast training session.

CoCoast LogoThe Capturing Our Coast project, or CoCoast for short, is a national marine citizen science project that is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The CoCoast Yorkshire hub is based at the University of Hull in Scarborough and covers the coastline from the Humber to the Tees. They aim to train and support a network of volunteers in measuring the abundance and distribution of rocky shore species along Yorkshire’s stunning coastline.

Nationally, the project is doing well with over 2500 volunteers having registered on the website. ‘Citizen Science’ is about members of the public contributing to scientific knowledge and discovery by collecting data, or by analysing and interpreting findings. ‘CoCoast’ believes members of the public should be empowered to contribute in meaningful ways, sharing their skills and enthusiasm, rather than just observing scientists.

Nicky Dobson manages the project hub at University of Hull. Describing the progress they have made so far, Nicky said “The Yorkshire hub has trained over 120 volunteers since January and has already started to see an inflow of data from our trained volunteers and we have had 60 surveys submitted. This is a very positive start to the project and we are extremely proud of our volunteers.”

“We are keen to continue to raise awareness of the fascinating diversity of marine life that inhabits rocky shore areas along the Yorkshire coast”, said Nicky. “We are interested in hearing from people who would like to work alongside our team of scientists to explore and gather data on Yorkshire’s stunning coastal marine environments.”

Links and contact:

You can find out further information about the project and register your interest on our website www.capturingourcoast.co.uk. Please also feel free to contact the team by emailing cocoast@hull.ac.uk or calling 01723 357223. Additionally, you can connect with us via our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CoCoastYorks and on Twitter @CapturingRCoast (#CoCoastYorkshire)

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Author: Tim Burkinshaw

I work in ecology and biodiversity in North Yorkshire. I'm often found outdoors snapping nature and landscapes or spotting birds. In the garden I enjoy having my hands in the earth and striving for the perfect mix of greens and browns in my compost! As a Daddy I'm used to endless questions about the world around us, and generally have an answer up my sleeve for most things. If you spot me and my hat in real life or on social media do say hello!

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