We believe that the responsibility for protecting our seas and wonderful marine biodiversity belongs to all of us. Since January 2016, CoCoast has trained almost 3,000 citizen scientists to carry out transect surveys of marine species on UK rocky shores. This army of volunteers continues to collect data across UK coasts, contributing to gaps in our knowledge of marine biodiversity and providing a baseline to explore responses to environmental change. In addition, CoCoast also offered a number of other activities that anyone can take part in to contribute to understanding and conservation of the UK coast. Many of these are continuing so you can still get involved*.

No prior knowledge about marine life or recording is needed. To find out how you can get involved, click the button below: 

How to get involved

By registering your interest you are not obliged to participate in any projects, but you will receive updates and information from us. 


If you don’t wish to participate as a citizen scientist or receive communications from us, but would like to keep up with CoCoast news, please follow us on Twitter @CapturingRCoast

*Please note for some activities volunteers need to 18 years of age or older to take part.

Your details will be held on the Capturing our Coast secure database. We will never sell or share your personal details for marketing purposes. By signing up, you are agreeing to receive communications from us. You can unsubscribe from these at any time. We may share your data with trusted third parties which enable us to run the programme and stay in touch. For full details of how we use your data and how long we keep it for please see our privacy policy.


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