This March, the Great British Non-Native Species Secretariat (GBNNSS) are hosting a national 'Invasive Species Week' from 23rd - 29th March; you can find more information on this event by clicking here.

Here at Capturing our Coast, we want to add to the search for invasive species in the marine environment... and we need your help!

For centuries, marine species have moved around the globe either by hitching a ride on the hulls of ships, as stowaways in ballast water, or by being deliberately introduced for commercial purposes. Some can have a positive effect and become a new food source for native species. Others thrive a bit too well and may be harmful to our native diversity by outcompeting them or by introducing disease; these are called invasive species.

 

Events Coming Up

To raise awareness and record the presence/absence of marine invasive species around the UK, our hubs from all corners of the country have been organising a mixture of events for 'Invasive Species Week', some exclusively for CoCoast registered volunteers and others that are open to the public of all ages; under 18's must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 years.

* Due to differences in the tides around the UK coastline, some events cannot be held between the 23rd and 29th March – see below for events in your region!

 

Scotland

  • Friday 30th March - Easter 'Egg' Hunt, Atlantic Bridge (Open Event)

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast Scotland team at: cocoast@sams.ac.uk.

 

North East - Newcastle

  • ​​Tuesday 27th March – Wine & Science Evening, The Dove Marine Laboratory Cullercoats (registered CoCoast volunteers only):

Dr Catherine Scott (Natural England) & Pippa Howarth (MSc, Newcastle University) - “Northumbria Coast Invasive Non-Native Species Monitoring Partnership Project”.

  • Sunday 29th April – Marine Invaders Species Search, St Mary’s Lighthouse: 09:30 – 11:00 (registered CoCoast volunteers only)
  • Monday 30th April – Marine Invaders Species Search, Whitburn: 10:00 – 11:30 (registered CoCoast volunteers only)

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast Northeast team at: cocoast@newcastle.ac.uk.

 

North East - Hull

  • TBC

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast Hull team at: cocoast@hull.ac.uk.

 

North Wales

  • Friday 27th April – Marine Invaders Species Search, Porth Cwyfan (Open Event - click here)
  • Saturday 28th April - Marine Invaders Species Search, Treborth (Open Event - click here)
  • Sunday 29th April - Marine Invaders Species Search, Beaumaris (Open Event - click here)

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast North Wales team at: cocoast@bangor.ac.uk.

 

 

South Wales

  • Friday 16th March, Langland Bay, Gower 11:15 - 14:15 (registered CoCoast volunteers only)
  • Sunday 18th March, Black Rock, Dale, Pembrokeshire 11:30 - 14:30 (Open Event)
  • Wednesday 21st March, Wiseman's Bridge, Saundersfoot 13:15 - 16:15 (Open Event)

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast MCS team at: cocoast@mcsuk.org.

 

South Coast

  • Tuesday 27th March – Marine Invaders Species Search, Portsmouth (Open Eventclick here)

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast South team at: cocoast@port.ac.uk.

 

Southwest England

  • Wednesday 28th March – Marine Invaders Species Open Evening, MBA Plymouth (Open Eventclick here)
  • Thursday 29th March – Marine Invaders Species Search, Tinside Plymouth (Open Event click here)
  • Friday 30th March – Marine Invaders Species Search with the Three Bays Wildlife Group at Portholland, nr St. Austell (Volunteer-led; registered CoCoast volunteers only click here)
  • Saturday 31st March – Marine Invaders Species Search, Meadfoot Torbay (Open Event click here)
  • Friday 27th April - Quadrat Survey & Marine Invaders Species Searches, Kingsand (Registered CoCoast volunteers only click here)
  • Sunday 29th April - Marine Invaders Species Search, Mount Batten Plymouth (Volunteer-led; registered CoCoast volunteers only click here)
  • Sunday 29th April - Marine Invaders Species Search, Corbyn Head Torbay (Volunteer-led; registered CoCoast volunteers only click here)

For more information about these events, please contact the CoCoast Southwest team at: cocoast@mba.ac.uk.

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Don't forget...

...that you don't have to join us at one of the above events to take part in our Marine Invaders timed searches!

If you want to survey your local coast, you can go whenever and wherever you like on any rocky shore, sandy beach or artificial shore (such as harbours).

Surveys take 10 minutes per species and all you have to do is choose a species to look for (or more if you fancy!), download the species identification guide(s), recording sheets and survey instructions from http://www.mba.ac.uk/marineinvaders/ and get out searching; don’t forget - both the presence and absence of species are just as important to record and upload… so have fun!

(Image above shows the Creeping Sea Squirt, Perophroa japonica)

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Marine Invaders So Far

We officially launched our 'Marine Invaders' timed searches in September 2017. 

To date, our volunteers (you amazing people!) have completed 327 individual searches around the UK with 32 confirmed species sightings, 11 of which have been of Japanese Wireweed (Sargssum muticum), closely followed by 8 confirmed sightings of Pacific Oysters (Crassostrea gigas). 

See our most recent map below to find out where your presence and absence data have been recorded and help us fill the gaps (data correct as of 28th Feb 2018):