Shoresearch Workshops with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

18 Jan 2016

On Tuesday 5th January our BTEC Level 3 Animal Management second year students visited Earnse Bay on Walney Island and conducted surveys on the approaching low tide as part of their shoresearch workshops with Cumbria Wildlife trust.

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On Tuesday 5th January our BTEC Level 3 Animal Management second year students visited Earnse Bay on Walney Island and conducted surveys on the approaching low tide as part of their shoresearch workshops with Cumbria Wildlife Trust. The students recieved Shoresearch training from CWT Marine Graduates, Kate and Christina and are now able to join any future surveys. They completed a line transect survey with quadrats to record the abundance of species in different biotopes and then conducted a timed search for climate indicator species.

Not only will the data they collected be used in their assignments, but Wildlife Trust will also use the data. The Wildlife Trust send shortsearch data to local record centres and/or government agencies who use the data to inform conservation decisions. Mersey Biobank helps collate all marine records for the North West, the data is also passed on to Tullie House. In 2012 shoresearch data students contributed to was submitted to ABPMer as additional data to be used for recommended Marine Conservation Zones.