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Coastwatch Survey 2013: Your Coastline Still Needs You!

1st October 2013
Coastwatch Survey 2013: Your Coastline Still Needs You!

#CoastWatchSurvey – Coastwatch Survey 2013 which started last month continues for another fortnight, so there's no excuse not to take part in the annual survey which ends on 15 October.

All you have to do is walk just once along your chosen coastline (500m) around low-tide and report your findings. Participants will help to create more than 1,000 coastal site surveys as a collective citizen snapshot of Ireland's coastline in 2013.

So what's stopping you!... it's useful, fun, challenging and keeps you fit

Note, it is important to inform others before setting off (even if going as a group), of your intended coastal survey route and make sure to bring along a mobile.

If you would like to host one in your area please contact the Coastwatch coordination team.

To review the full survey questionnaire, or to book your survey area (plus download the info-poster and pass on to a friend) For details you can also contact Karin Dubsky, International Coordinator, Coastwatch Europe by contacting: 086 8111 684 or

Coastwatch Europe is an international network of environmental groups, universities and other educational institutions, who in turn work with local groups and individuals around the coast of Europe.

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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Coastal Notes Coastal Notes covers a broad spectrum of stories, events and developments in which some can be quirky and local in nature, while other stories are of national importance and are on-going, but whatever they are about, they need to be told.

Stories can be diverse and they can be influential, albeit some are more subtle than others in nature, while other events can be immediately felt. No more so felt, is firstly to those living along the coastal rim and rural isolated communities. Here the impact poses is increased to those directly linked with the sea, where daily lives are made from earning an income ashore and within coastal waters.

The topics in Coastal Notes can also be about the rare finding of sea-life creatures, a historic shipwreck lost to the passage of time and which has yet many a secret to tell. A trawler's net caught hauling more than fish but cannon balls dating to the Napoleonic era.

Also focusing the attention of Coastal Notes, are the maritime museums which are of national importance to maintaining access and knowledge of historical exhibits for future generations.

Equally to keep an eye on the present day, with activities of existing and planned projects in the pipeline from the wind and wave renewables sector and those of the energy exploration industry.

In addition Coastal Notes has many more angles to cover, be it the weekend boat leisure user taking a sedate cruise off a long straight beach on the coast beach and making a friend with a feathered companion along the way.

In complete contrast is to those who harvest the sea, using small boats based in harbours where infrastructure and safety poses an issue, before they set off to ply their trade at the foot of our highest sea cliffs along the rugged wild western seaboard.

It's all there, as Coastal Notes tells the stories that are arguably as varied to the environment from which they came from and indeed which shape people's interaction with the surrounding environment that is the natural world and our relationship with the sea.