Interactive coastal wildlife surveys

Family rockpooling at the coast

Thank you for your support with our 2015 interactive coastal wildlife surveys.

Many of you joined us in a race against the clock to record as many animals and plants as possible at coastal places we look after. Our BioBlitzes were interactive surveys held over 12 or 24 hours. They helped us to understand more about our coastal wildlife so we can better protect it in the future.

In our 2015 surveys we counted 3,401 species and with your help we collected 22,317 wildlife records.

Getting involved at the coast

Everyone was invited to take part in the BioBlitzes and nature experts were on hand to help you find and record wildlife in rockpools, sand dunes, woodland and heathland around the coast.

The events in 2015 took place at 25 locations from April to October. The sites ranged from the Northumberland Coast or Godrevy in Cornwall, Blakeney in Norfolk to Formby in Merseyside, Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire to the Murlough National Nature Reserve in County Down.

Protecting wildlife for the future

As an island nation nearly two thirds of us think visiting the coast is important to our quality of life.

Every wildlife discovery that was made during the BioBlitzes were recorded and submitted to local wildlife record centres and the National Biodiversity Network. All the information that was found will help shed light on how wildlife along the coast is changing and how best to protect it.

We’ll be using these findings to determine how we manage conservation at the 775 miles of coastline we look after. This includes World Heritage Sites such as the Giant’s Causeway in County Antrim and the Dorset and East Devon Coast.