A simple survey that requires you to record the abundance of large brown seaweed and the number and size of limpets using your CoCoast quadrat and a ruler. This includes a recording sheet, protocol and identification guide for fucoid seaweed.
Limpets, common molluscan grazers in the intertidal zone, are known to have an important role on rocky shores. Limpets graze on very young algae and can prevent them from growing into an algal canopy that shades and protects other animals and seaweed from light and desiccation. The amount of this algal canopy can play an important role in determining which animals and seaweeds thrive on the shore. Some years, there are lots of limpets and less algal canopy. Other years, there are less limpets and more algal canopy.
To take part in this survey you must be aged 18+
The survey runs from February to March and from September to October each year. We are now calling for people to get involved in Spring 2019! Surveys should be completed between February and the end of March.
|North Wales||Scotland||South Wales||North East||Yorkshire||South East||South West|
|Trefadog||Cullipool||Langland Bay||Cullercoats||Runswick||Kimmeridge||Brixham Shoalstone|
|Cemlyn Bay||Easdale||Hunts Bay||Beadnell||Boggle Hole||Portland Bill||Kingsand|
|Trearddur Bay||Craignish||Dunraven Bay||Cresswell||South Bay||Bembridge||Looe|
|Porth Ysgaden||Ganavan||Bracelet Bay||Boulmer||Filey||Newquay Little Fistral|
|Porth Colmon||Dunbeg||Seaham||Selwick||Wembury Point|
|Porth Dinllean||Port Seton||Polzeath|
|Porth Trwyn||Port aChaobaill|
The survey runs from February to March and from September to October each year. If you would like to get involved in Spring 2019, please contact email@example.com for advice on where to survey!
The video below takes you through the survey step by step – we recommend you watch this video before heading out. Once you have watched it, your next challenge is picking a shore! Choose from the table above. We like to survey all our sites around the UK twice a year.
Once you have completed a survey, take a photo of the recording sheet (find in “Resources” below) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember to look after your own safety on the shore by following the rocky shore survey guidelines here
Data from your hub and other hubs around the UK will be combined in order to find out if there are patterns in the balance between algae and limpets across the UK.