BioBlitz events help to capture our coast

The BioBlitzers are ready to discover more about the Yorkshire coast's marine species
The BioBlitzers are ready to discover more about the Yorkshire coast's marine species

A series of marine BioBlitz events to discover more about marine life along the Yorkshire coast, is under way – and you can join when the next one arrives in Runswick Bay.

Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast) Yorkshire is working with the Yorkshire Naturalists Union and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to discover the diversity of marine species that inhabit our shores.

BioBlitzes are a race against the clock, and in this case the tide, to try to find and record as many different species as possible within the time available.

The first event took place in Flamborough earlier this month, but more are just around the corner.

Subsequent events are being held on:

l May 8 – Runswick Bay

l June 5 – Boggle Hole, Robin Hoods Bay

l July 24 – Filey Brigg

l August 21 – Sandsend

l September 18 – South Bay, Scarborough

l October 16 – South Landing, Flamborough

These events are free to attend and are open to families, naturalists and volunteers.

No previous knowledge of marine species is required just a willingness and enthusiasm for discovering what species live on our doorstep – so grab your wellies and support the events.

The BioBlitz events form part of a large scale citizen science project called Capturing Our Coast (or CoCoast) that launched in January this year funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The CoCoast Project aims to find out more information about the marine species that live on our shores.