Event postponed – Big Seaweed Search
Join Transition, Fife Sea Savers and Youth First on the Big Seaweed Search – a citizen science project to record the seaweeds on Britain and Northern Ireland’s coastlines to support research on three key environmental issues:
- rising sea temperature
- the arrival and spread of non-native species of seaweeds
- ocean acidification (the sea becoming more acidic because of absorbing carbon dioxide from the air
Seaweeds form the forests of the sea – providing shelter and food for thousands of marine animals. Seaweeds are also important for people, they provide a habitat for fish we catch, are used in food, cosmetics, and medicines, and protect our coasts by reducing wave and storm damage. This economic as well as environmental value means it is important for us to monitor seaweeds so we can understand and sustainably manage them.
The British Isles is globally important for seaweed diversity, being home to more than 650 species. Unfortunately, seaweeds are not as popular as flowers, butterflies, or birds, so fewer people make and submit observations of them. Whether you live near the coast or are just visiting consider taking part in the Big Seaweed Search.
For more info on the wider project go to: About the survey | The Big Seaweed Search
Please dress appropriately for the changeable weather – wear wellies or sturdy boots, bring rainwear, hat and gloves.