Led by Durham Wildlife Trust, Beach Rangers are a group of young people aged 14-18 who want to discover and explore our coastal wildlife and seascape.
This month we’re taking part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean! It’s a citizen science event, where hundreds of beach cleans take place up and down the UK.
So, we’re doing a litter survey: recording all the items of rubbish we find in a 100m stretch. This is very important as the litter data we collect will drive our conservation work and also feed into the International Coastal Clean-up (ICC). For more info please click here.
We will meet at Roker Pier at 10am and then walk to Whitburn, where we will do our Big Beach Clean Wear comfy shoes and weather appropriate clothing, and bring a packed lunch and drink.
After our litter survey and lunch, we will be learning about seaweed, and taking part in The Big Seaweed Search, which is a community science project that the MCS runs in partnership with the Natural History Museum.
Through it we want to learn more about some of the key seaweed species found in our waters, record where they are and find out how their distribution is changing over time. You can help us collect this vital information. For more info please click here.
After our surveys we will walk back to Roker Pier for collection at 2pm.
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The Beach Rangers meet on the fourth Saturday each month. Activities include rocky shore surveys, beach cleans, seabird walks, practical conservation tasks, wildlife photography, marine mammal surveys, underwater filming and more. We will also investigate how the coastline has changed with industry and development, and how people and wildlife can coexist sharing the coastal environment. The sessions are inclusive to all and encourage team working and problem solving. Perfect if you love nature or being outdoors and a great way to achieve your Duke of Edinburgh or John Muir Awards.
Roker Pier, Marine Walk, Roker, Sunderland, SR6 0PL