It’s a Shore thing…Annual Coastwatch Survey


Following on from Dublin Bay’s recent Biosphere designation by UNESCO, Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership in conjunction with Coastwatch Ireland is asking for volunteers to take part in the Annual Coastwatch Survey.

The survey is an international ‘Citizen Science’ event which began in Ireland in 1987 and has rapidly expanded from Ireland to 23 European countries.  ‘Citizen Science refers to research collaborations between scientists and volunteers. Coastwatch Ireland is now seeking volunteers to participate in the survey which runs from 15th September to 15th October, 2015.

Volunteers take on one or more ‘survey units’ which represents 500m of shore and do an eco-audit on the shore at low tide, once, during the survey month. It is hoped to break the 1000 survey site barrier this Autumn and get citizens to experience the particularly low spring tides at the start, mid and end point of the survey.

‘This year Dublin Bay is a priority area where we hope every bit of accessible shore will be surveyed to celebrate Dublin Bay being designated as a Biosphere by UNESCO, in recognition of the area’s unique ecological habitat and biological diversity. This coastal Biosphere Reserve goes beyond EU nature law designations as it includes the whole of Dublin Bay and a buffer around it from Portmarknock to Ballybrack” said Jenni Roche, Biosphere Coordinator, Dublin Bay Biosphere Partnership.

Bookings can now be made online at . Volunteers can zoom in on an area, book a ‘survey unit’ and request test kits to be posted to them.

The Coastwatch Ireland Survey Coordinator for Dublin Bay Biosphere is John Skea who is available to discuss bookings and the survey at

Dublin City Council is showcasing a display on the Coastwatch Annual Survey and Dublin Sea Shell Posters in the walkway at the Fishamble Street entrance of the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.

We will be using hashtag #CoastwatchSurvey on social media for this event. Our Dublin Bay Biosphere designation hashtag is #LoveDublinBay.