DRAFT 2.02

Shore Watch is a scheme started on a trial basis in January 1995 under the current title. It was operated without a title from about 1986. The title was chosen by John Dawes and Andy Horton.

The object of the scheme is to record wildlife on the seashore around the British Isles. The results will be published in the marine wildlife journal Glaucus and in computer database accessible by contributors and the public.

The aims of the project are:

1) stimulate interest in the seashore as a valuable wildlife habitat.
2) educate the public in the sciences and art of the intertidal zone.
3) give naturalists the opportunity to contribute their knowledge and observations.
4) identify and record any marine wildlife trends.
5) give a commonsense supplement to proper scientific surveys.
6) publish the merits of British seashore life to the uninitiated and foreign students.

The public can help in the following ways:

a) Recording their marine wildlife observations on the forms provided and sending them in.
b) Recording their marine wildlife observations on paper in their own way form and sending them in.
c) Sending in photographs of wildlife observations for identifying species.
d) Sending in photographs of wildlife and habitats and general coastal scenes for publication in the database if the picture is suitable and of sufficient quality.
e) Recording the dominant fauna, visual description and shore topography.

Types of pictures wanted:

f) Panoramic views of the seashore; rocky coasts, sandy coasts etc.
g) Animals: jellyfish washed up, dolphins, seals, sea birds, sharks, turtles, sunfish, and the smaller animals, underwater shots if the photographer is good enough.
h) Photographs of marine and estuarine angling catches (these photographs may be included on a different database).
i) Scale maps of intertidal areas with the topographical features marked. The 1:1250 (50": 1 mile) OS maps can provide the starting points.

If readers wish to report interesting discoveries between the tides, they can load the information up directly onto the New Millennium Shorewatch Project on the Smart Groups Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Wildlife database.

For this you need to log on to the Smart Groups registration area and become a full member to go to:

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group (commenced 1 August 2000)
Group Home:


Report Forms 2000
Some Guidelines

Hints on Joining
Any unusual discoveries on the shore can be entered by the Recorder on the database on the British Marine Wildlife Forum. You need to join the Forum. Then you have to look for the menu item Database and choose Shorewatch Biological Recording.
Coastal Code
Behaviour and Conservation

Identifying species correctly.
This should be overcome by the new Collin's Guide to the Seashore, although there will always be tricky identifications of species that are similar in appearance to each other (e.g. sea anemones, spider crabs, gobies).

Biomar (for further information)
Grid References (a few notes)
Guidelines for Completion of the Report Forms
Marine Book List (Booth Museum Link)
National Marine Aquarium Request for Fish Records
Report Forms: Instruction Page
Marine Aquaria for Biological Recording

Marine Wildlife of the North-east Atlantic Ocean Group
Database for Entering Marine Wildlife Reports

           Andy Horton
Editor of Glaucus.


Recording of Marine Life
Reply and Answer
British Marine Life Study Society Shorewatch Biological Recording Facilities (LINK)

Etymology of the word 'shore'

The word shore probably arose as the past participle of sceran (shear) = scora.
(Andy Horton, September 1997).
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