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About The Shore Thing

This unique project gives A Level/Higher students the opportunity to take part in 'REAL' science and voluntary groups to help monitor the impact of rising sea temperatures on our rocky shore species.


Close up of a velvet swimming crab

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. In addition we aim to raise awareness of marine conservation amongst the participants and the wider community.


  • To create a national database of verified and validated intertidal species for the UK.
  • To engage schools and volunteer groups through fieldwork in marine conservation and raise awareness of marine issues.
  • To strengthen the links between education and marine research in the UK.

Educational Justification

The Shore Thing can be used to teach many aspects of A Level/Higher Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies. The precise syllabus details and course guidelines vary between awarding bodies. However, all include the following topics that can be taught through the Shore Thing: Ecosystems, ecology, biodiversity, conservation, data handling and coursework.

A more detailed guide to intergrating Shore Thing surveys into the syllabuses of the UK can be found in the Teachers' Pack, where it is accompanied by additional notes for teachers, classroom activities, and background information. Follow this link to go to the Teachers' Pack download page.

Who is involved in The Shore Thing

The project was developed by MarLIN at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, in collaboration with Dove Marine Laboratory, University of Newcastle. A thorough pilot project helped to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery for three years. The value of the project has been recognised by the statutory agencies; Scottish Natural Heritage, Countryside Council for Wales and Natural England who have agreed to fund the project in 2010/11.

Find out more about our partners and funders here