People with a passion for the Whitby and district coastline are being invited to help make history by being part of the largest coastal marine science project ever undertaken.
The £1.7m Capturing Our Coast project, paid for through the Heritage Lottery Fund, is designed to further understand the abundance and distribution of marine life around the UK.
The aim of the project is to nationally recruit and train more than 3,000 volunteers to help build a more accurate picture of the marine life all around the country.
The research will help scientists to understand how the marine environment is responding to global climate change and inform future policy and conservation strategies.
Led by Newcastle University, the project is a national collaboration involving Hull, Portsmouth and Bangor universities, the Scottish Association for Marine Science, the Marine Biological Association of the UK and the Marine Conservation Society.
Dr Sue Hull, principal investigator at the University of Hull, said: “The CoCoast project is a real ‘hands-on’ experience working on the stunning Yorkshire coastline exploring the diversity of marine species and learning about the key factors regulating their numbers and distribution, not only locally, but feeding in to the bigger UK picture.
“Volunteers may specialise on key indicator species, collect data on community change over time, monitor the use of our shores by waders or even look in detail at species important on nationwide scales.”
To get involved visit www.capturingourcoast.co.uk or call 01723 357223.