Shoal of citizen scientists needed for Shoresearch Cornwall

Cornwall Wildlife Trust call for help charting marine life during
National Marine Week

The Wildlife Trusts are launching a new version of the popular citizen science project – Shoresearch – and are calling on everyone to get involved in monitoring marine life on UK shores. Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been running Shoresearch across Cornwall for seven years, and is very pleased that this fantastic project is going national! The information collected through this national effort will help experts monitor our fragile sea life and better understand the effects of pollution, climate change, and invasive alien species.

Matt Slater Marine Awareness Officer at Cornwall Wildlife Trust says,

“I’m delighted that Shoresearch data is going to be collected in the same way across the UK with all of the coastal Wildlife Trust’s working together. The information we are gathering is going to be invaluable for monitoring the health of our marine life as it adapts to the effects of climate change over the coming years.”

Shoresearch is being launched during National Marine Week 2019, and Cornwall Wildlife Trust has Shoresearch Cornwall events running from 27th July to 11th of August this summer. National Marine Week is a chance to celebrate the wonderful wildlife found in the seas around the UK and there’s a packed programme of events and activities including Seaquest Surveys as part of National Whale and Dolphin Watch, Snorkels and Discovery Days with the Trust’s Your Shore Beach Rangers.

Hairy crab at Polzeath by Matt Slater

Anyone can get involved with Shoresearch Cornwall; Cornwall Wildlife Trust run free events, surveys and training throughout the year. People will be trained to identify and record intertidal plants and animals and their habitats, and will join a fantastic team of friendly volunteers from a range of backgrounds who share a love for the intertidal zone.

Joan Edwards, Director of Living Seas at The Wildlife Trusts nationally says,

“This is the first time people will be able to contribute to a national effort for our seas and be part of marine conservation in action. People love the sea and want to save it from the many threats it now faces. Shoresearch means they can do something about it and get stuck in. We have developed a new survey method which Wildlife Trusts around the UK are pioneering, and this will contribute to a national database, inform national conservation strategies and mean that protected areas can be properly cared for.”

Find out more at Contact a nearby coastal Wildlife Trust to find out about Shoresearch activities.  Begin your Cornwall Shoresearch journey by visiting the Cornwall Wildlife Trust website

CWT National Marine Week events 2019 



Location and contact info


Saturday 27th July

Marine Discovery Day with Mounts Bay Marine Group



10am – 4pm

Saturday 27th July

National Whale and Dolphin Watch

Lizard Point


11am – 1pm

Sunday 28th July

Summer Snorkel Safari with St Ives Bay Marine Group

Carbis Bay

10:30am – 1:30pm

Monday 29th July

National Whale and Dolphin Watch

Maylon Cliff, Sennen


11am – 1pm

Tuesday 30th July

Radical Rockpool

Northcott Mouth Beach, Bude


10am -1pm

Wednesday 31st July

Beach clean and art session

Porthmeor, St Ives/ Surfhouse St Ives


10am -1pm

Wednesday 31st July

National Whale and Dolphin Watch

The Rumps, Polzeath


11am – 1pm

Wednesday 31st July

Snorkel with Looe Marine Group

Hannafore Beach, Looe

11am – 2pm

Wednesday 31st July

Explore the Shore with Wild Roseland

Roseland – Details upon booking

  • Nearly sold out

9:30am – 12pm

Thursday 1st August

Snorkel with Three Bays Wildlife Group

Charlestown, St Austell

12pm – 3:30pm

Friday 2nd August

Snorkel with St Agnes Marine Group

Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

12:30pm – 3:30pm

Friday 2nd August

Shoresearch Survey

Polridmouth -  Menabilly Barton near Fowey – in car park PL24 2TN


11:30am – 2pm

Sunday 4th August

National Whale and Dolphin Watch



11am -1pm

Sunday 4th August

Newquay Marine Day

Towan Head, Newquay

11am – 7pm

Monday 5th August

Radical rockpooling

Swanpool, Falmouth


5:30pm – 8:30pm

Tuesday 6th August

Crazy about Crabbing with Looe Marine Group & CGSG

Old Sardine Factory, Looe

10am – 4pm

Wednesday 7th August

Radical rockpooling

Cape Cornwall

Booking essential -






Thursday 8th August

Matt’s Marine Lab at The Eden Project

The Eden Project

11am to 12pm


1:30pm to 2:30pm

Saturday 10th August

Night time rockpooling with Polzeath Marine Group


8pm – 10pm