Breeding Frenzy

What? 

Lots of animals are changing the time of year that they breed in response to warmer or cooler waters. We are interested in how this varies around the UK in two species in particular: the common shore crab and the common whelk.

Where? 

On a local shore.

When? 

Monthly mid May - mid September Fortnightly mid September to mid November.

How? 

3 x 10 mins timed search looking for crabs and handling them to look for egg masses, and looking for egg cases of whelks.

Why? 

An easy task to complete whilst out walking, and can be done with the family and on any suitable day. We currently have very little information on timing of these species, so all records are really valuable.


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Additional Activities

As part of Capturing Our Coast, our regional hubs run additional activities throughout the year to help us further understand the UK coast. These additional citizen science activities are experimental investigations that allow us to research things like breeding cycles of key species and wader bird use of coastal and intertidal environments. These activities are open to trained and non-trained volunteers of all ages.

 

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Further Activities

These experimental investigations are open to our Capturing Our Coast trained volunteers only. To find out more about the options available, follow the links below.

 

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