A very happy new year to all our CoCoasters!

Apparently, the top new year's resolution in the UK is to "slim down" so our CoCoast surveys have done just that...

Introducing CoCoast LITE:

Do you struggle to find time to do a CoCoast survey? Can’t face the prospect of 10 whole quadrats? Or maybe you’re a weary super surveyor in a quadrat quandary? We have a solution for you!

CoCoast Lite is a way of contributing to the CoCoast general transect survey, without needing to complete 10 quadrats per transect.

We understand 10 quadrats is a lot, and can be overwhelming. However any data you submit can be used by our scientists, to increase our understanding of how marine life varies across the UK and how things are changing. So why not try a few and see how you get on?

For super surveyors that are completing 10 quadrats regularly, this may give you the opportunity to fit in a few more surveys and sky rocket your survey stats!

Complete 1-3 quadrats (or more if you like) using your chosen species pack and submit your data to be in for the chance to WIN exciting survey rewards including tickets to our CoCoast awards night!

If you have any queries or concerns about uploading your data, please contact cocoast@mcsuk.org and we will help you through the process.

There are plenty of upcoming opportunities for you to join us on the shore, just take a look at our hub calendar and get in touch at: cocoast@mcsuk.org.

If you can’t wait to get surveying or these dates / locations aren't suitable, just head down to your local shore and give it a go!


Beach Babies

 Winter is still upon us, but it won't be long before signs of Spring start greeting our shores. As early as February, species start preparing for the reproductive season and start laying eggs. Our Beach Babies campaign is all about searching for and recording eggs of many species and other signs of reproduction in simple short surveys. As if we needed an excuse to get out on the shore and have a good hunt around! 

If you'd like to know more about Beach Babies, please get in touch.

As for all our field events, if you plan to join us, please wear appropriate clothing - it does get cold at this time of year so plenty of layers, waterproofs and wellies or walking boots are definitely recommended. Where there is a suitable establishment nearby, you are welcome to join me for a hot beverage, following the field session to warm the cockles (ideally not the shelled variety...)

We look forward to seeing you on the shore soon and getting our 2018 surveys off to a raring start!