Help us discover what lives off Lincolnshire’s shores

Beachcombing along Lincolnshire’s sandy shores can reveal all sorts of interesting things including evidence of the animals live in the sea. Shoresearch is simply beachcombing with a purpose: a way of surveying the beach and recording what’s found. Through these surveys we hope to build a better picture of what lives where - and we need your help.

Shoresearch is a UK wide surveying programme which will enable us to manage and conserve coastal and marine habitats and species. It will help us to achieve our vision of a Living Sea where wildlife thrives from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows. 

Our aim is to help you to develop your identification skills and give you the confidence to continue the surveys yourselves on your local beaches. 

Who can take part?

The surveys are very straightforward and anyone is welcome to come along. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

You do not need to have any knowledge of marine wildlife before taking part in Shoresearch as there will be experts on hand to help with identification.

All you need to do is book so we know you're coming and then turn up on the day!

When joining a Shoresearch survey, please bring:

  • Warm, weatherproof clothing
  • Wellies or waterproof boots
  • Sun cream and drinking water in the summer
  • A hand lens, if you have one
  • A notebook and pencil if you wish to take any notes

Surveys will take place at low tide and all sites are risk assessed before a survey takes place to ensure a safe working environment. Wildlife Trust staff will be on hand to offer help and guidance on what you find.

Unfortunately our Shoresearch events in November and December 2014 have been cancelled.  We hope to start running Shoresearch again in 2015, dates will be listed here and on our What's on pages once they are available. 





A-Z of Wildlife

Photo of Edible Crab

Name: Edible Crab

Scientific name: Cancer pagurus

Category: Barnacles, crabs, shrimps and lobster

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