Public engagement and education
Warming seas, human activities and non-native invaders are all affecting our marine environment. Records of marine life are needed to inform decision-makers, to track changes and to find out why things are changing.
Non-native species in marinas:
a survey by boat owners and marina operators
This survey aims to record the organisms that settle on plastic panels which are suspended from marina pontoons. It is open to boat owners and marina operators. Download the recording form.
Supply information to the Marine Aliens project
If you live or work near the sea, own a boat or visit the coast, you can send records of marine aliens to us. We are particularly interested in records of non-native species from ports and marinas, as these are often gateways by which invasive species arrive.
Find out more:
about marine life recording
about the 'most wanted' invasive species.
Marina Aliens project
Marina Aliens is a new project aimed at 11-14 year olds (KS3) which examines non-native species that arrive and settle in marinas. The purpose of this project is to provide an introduction to marine life and the issue of invasive non-native species through the use of settlement plates in marinas. Find out more
The Shore Thing
The aim of the Shore Thing project is “to generate records of marine wildlife by facilitating intertidal biological surveys at sites around the British Isles, and to make the results available to all on the Internet”. Volunteers record the distribution and abundance of 22 non-native species and climate change indicators including Sargassum muticum (wireweed), Crassostrea gigas (Pacific oyster) and Crepidula fornicata (slipper limpet). Find out more
Alien Invaders and Climate Change Indicators project
The aim of the Alien Invaders and Climate Change Indicators project is to teach participants to become 'Alien Detectives' and survey the shore for marine aliens and climate change indicator species. Find out more