Wed, 15 Nov|
Seagrass Seedling Monitoring
This monitoring session, aims to provide local volunteers with experience in performing a seagrass seedling survey and to develop their restoration skill sets. It is intended that through this session, participants will receive the relevant training in order for them to train future volunteers.
Time & Location
15 Nov 2023, 07:30 – 11:30
Burntisland, Lammerlaws Rd, Burntisland KY3 9BS, UK
About the event
The seagrass team from Restoration Forth will be heading out across the Forth to each of the restoration trail sites, to establish how many germinated shoots have managed to survive from May up until now. These monitoring sessions will conclude the second iteration of the seagrass monitoring programme since our restoration trials began, back in March 2023. To assist in the collection of data and for training purposes, Restoration Forth are reaching out to our committed volunteers, for them to help contribute towards the monitoring programme and to further develop their restoration skill set. Due to the fragility of the restoration trial sites, only a few volunteers can be invited to participate at each event. Volunteer numbers will be restricted to 2 volunteers per trained member of staff, to limit the disturbance to the site.
Volunteers can expect to gain practical experience in scientific monitoring and recording of biological data related to seagrass restoration. Volunteers will get the opportunity to record the number of surviving Zostera marina shoots in each of the planted restoration plots along with collecting biological information from a subset of the shoots in each plot. Volunteers can take an active role in leading on the collection and or recording of biological data, depending on their preference. It is intended that through this monitoring event, participants will receive the relevant training for them to take a role in training future restoration volunteers.
Due to the limited availability of suitable low tides over the month of November, our monitoring sessions will take place early in the mornings. We appreciate that these monitoring sessions aren’t accessible to many, however, we would be very appreciative for your involvement.
Biscuits and warm drinks will be available after the event finishes.
This is an outdoor event; participants should expect to be outside for several hours to complete the monitoring requirements for this event. Participants will be expected to walk to and from the restoration trial site, which is approximately a 20-minute walk across the sand from the Beacon Leisure Centre car park. Participants will also expect to stand for extended periods and to be able to crouch to record seagrass measurements.
Accessibility information: The restoration site on Burntisland Sands is suitable for those with accessibility needs as it has a wheelchair accessible ramp onto the beach.
Biosecurity: Before accessing the shoreline, participants must undergo a biosecurity measure to rid their shoes of any foreign contaminants and potential non-native invasive species, which could proliferate if unchecked.
Clothing: Volunteers should come dressed in suitable clothing. Since these monitoring events are scheduled to take place on the cusp of Scottish winter, volunteers should come dressed in multiple layers and in waterproofs, in case of potential showers. It is advised that volunteers wear welly boots, warm headwear, and gloves. Due to the early start, we will be required to have head torches to guide us towards our restoration sites. If you have a head torch, please bring it with you.
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