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Our Projects

We are always looking for new volunteers to get involved with our projects so please get in touch, and keep an eye on our Facebook events page, if you are interested!

Intertidal Marine Monitoring 

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Four times a year we will carry out a full assessment at Coldingham, St Abbs & Killiedraughts Bay. This regular survey will allow us to obtain a baseline of species and habitat data, as well as monitor any changes in abundance or distribution of marine life.

As part of this project we provide full training to volunteers on how to undertake an intertidal habitat assessment as well as species identification. We are always looking for new volunteers so please get in touch if you are interested!

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Shorewatch

A Shorewatch survey is a ten minute survey conducted from a designated site. Details of any cetacean seen are submitted to Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and form the backbone of their efforts to protect whales and dolphins in our waters.

Through partnership with WDC we have been able to train a team of Shorewatch volunteers to collect important data on cetaceans in the BMR. 

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Beachwatch

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We organise and lead groups of volunteers to carry out beach cleans surveying marine litter on 4 beaches in the local area 4 times a year. That’s 16 beach cleans a year!

 

We also get involved in any wider coastal clean ups and can arrange to support groups, schools and corporations who would like to do beach cleans.

Read our latest beachwatch report here

For more information on the project see here.

Anglers National Recycling Scheme

We are supporting the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLR) which aims to remove as much fishing line from the UK coast as possible and investigating how to recycle angling equipment that currently can't be.

Our bins are deployed in both Eyemouth and St Abbs harbours, and at Coldingham Bay. 

 

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Robo Limpet Temperature Monitoring

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The Robo-Limpet project is led by Newcastle University, and covers a large stretch of the East Coast of the UK. We have secured funding from Nature Scot to purchase more Robo-Limpets which we will be deploying across the Reserve. We will be incorporating this with an ambitious citizen science project to further investigate the effect temperature is having on our rocky shore communities. 

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The Great Nurdle Hunt 

Nurdles are tiny granules of plastic less than 5 millimetres in size that are used in industry to manufacture all kinds of plastic products. 

When we undertake a beachclean we will often also undertake a nurdle survey. The data collected is submitted to The Great Nurdle Hunt.

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The Great Nurdle Hunt 

Nurdles are tiny granules of plastic less than 5 millimetres in size that are used in industry to manufacture all kinds of plastic products. 

When we undertake a beachclean we will often also undertake a nurdle survey. The data collected is submitted to The Great Nurdle Hunt.

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The Great Nurdle Hunt 

Nurdles are tiny granules of plastic less than 5 millimetres in size that are used in industry to manufacture all kinds of plastic products. 

When we undertake a beachclean we will often also undertake a nurdle survey. The data collected is submitted to The Great Nurdle Hunt.

Find out more

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The Big Seaweed Search

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The big seaweed search is a citizen science project run by the Marine Conservation Society in partnership with the Natural History Museum. ​

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The Big Seaweed Search

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The big seaweed search is a citizen science project run by the Marine Conservation Society in partnership with the Natural History Museum. ​

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Horse Mussels Project

We are undertaking a baseline mapping and site condition assessment of Horse Mussel beds to assess the full extent of their presence within the BMR. Only by knowing the locations and numbers of horse mussels in the BMR can appropriate measures be considered for their protection or restoration.

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