Coastwatch volunteers already gathering data
WICKLOW volunteers have already begun gathering information for the Coastwatch Survey 2013 but further volunteers are also needed to carry out the work.
Wicklow has been chosen as one of the key participants in the survey and last weekend volunteers took part in a training session held at the Murrough Recycling Centre, Wicklow town.
The annual Coastwatch eco-audit of the shore is a once off snap shot survey of Wicklow's shore taken at low tide between September 15 and October 15. Volunteers chose survey areas online or by contacting regional and national coordinators.Participants then walk a 500m stretch of the sea shore during times of low tide and complete the Coastwatch survey questionnaire with their observations on animals, plants, litter, stream quality, erosion and use.
Findings and any photos are transferred to computer or posted back to the Coastwatch office in Trinity College Dublin so others can input the data. It takes only half an hour to complete the survey on a straight shore and up to an hour if you have streams entering or other interesting shore habitats.
Survey questionnaire and instructions can be downloaded from www.coastwatch.org and you will be able to book your survey sites on line.
Instructions and health and safety notes should be read before going out and back up is given by trained Coastwatchers by mail and phone.