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Capturing Our Coast

Discover the species that live in our seas and find out how to protect them

Capturing Our Coast has something for anyone who cares for the UK’s brilliant coastlines.

Discover more about our coasts with hands-on activities and collect valuable scientific data. Join hundreds of volunteers who are filling knowledge gaps on marine life, the impacts of invasive species and the effects of climate change.

How you can get involved

Join our new online Zooniverse project Blame it on the Barnacles from the comfort of your own home  to help understand how climate change might be affecting our coastline.

Analysing barnacle photographs taken by Capturing our Coast volunteers will help to see how warm-water and cold-water species are responding to warming seas. 

Results so far

Read highlights from our volunteers, scientists and hubs after the first three years of Capturing Our Coast.

Marine invaders

Our seas are being invaded! By telling us about the non-native animals and seaweeds you spot, you can help future management decisions on the control of non-native species.

Beach Babies

Our shores provide shelter for egg-laying and young hatchlings all year round. Join us looking for eggs and juveniles of crabs, dog whelks, seaweeds and shrimps, to help us understand how climate change is affecting key British species.

Why Capturing Our Coast matters


The UK has the fourth longest coastline in Europe. With our vastly diverse beaches and species, it’s an ideal ‘living laboratory’ for understanding our changing environments. Over 2,500 volunteers have surveyed more than 1,800 locations across the UK.


Capturing our Coast volunteers collected more than 240,000 datapoints. Information about our beautiful coastlines is vital if we’re to protect them for the future. Scientists could never carry out this research alone.


Capturing Our Coast data is being given directly to decision-makers and managers of Marine Conservation Zones, as we share our findings in a joined-up effort to benefit the marine environment.

The CoastXplore app

No matter where you are on the UK coast, you can join our coastal usage survey by downloading our brand new app to help marine planning decisions.

Images: iStock/Rob Cherry, Rory Mackinnon


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