Citizen science

by on Feb.28, 2012, under Surveys

Saturday saw an early start and a long drive  south to Far Ings Nature Reserve in the shadow of the Humber Bridge.  The reason for our journey was that Martin was one of the MARINElife researchers delivering a training course for potential volunteer researchers.  MARINElife have survey teams on several passenger and freight ferry routes around the UK, gathering data on whales, dolphins, porpoises, seabirds and other marine wildlife, and those survey teams are made up of volunteers.  Consistency and credibility of the data gathered is ensured by land-based training sessions, followed by ‘on the job’ training alongside experienced research team leaders.

If you would like to get involved, and add to the valuable sum of knowledge that we have about our offshore wildlife, then you can contact MARINElife through their website or e-mail martin.kitching@marine-life.org.uk and we can point you in the right direction.  We’re always keen to add new surveyors to our North East Cetacean Project research team, and you’ll get your hands-on training off the beautiful Northumberland coast.

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