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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Intertidal Survey: St Helens Free

Saturday 6 4.45pmMay


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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust Intertidal Survey: St Helens Free


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4:45pm - 7:15pm

Enjoy our glorious coast and help to protect local marine wildlife with our intertidal surveys.

Each survey last just under three hours, and involves surveying a stretch of shoreline to identify and record marine species. We usually use the Shoresearch methodology in the form of walkover surveys.

The data you collect on these surveys is an invaluable help to our conservation activities and supports our efforts to secure legal protections like Marine Conservation Zones.

You don’t need any special knowledge or experience to take part in our intertidal surveys, but you must be either over 18 or over 16 and accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

If you are new to this, you will need to download a intertidal survey registration form which can be found toward the bottom of the page. Please fill it in and send to [email protected] before the survey.

Covid Secure Mission Statement:

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust continues to take steps to help limit the spread of Covid-19. We are keeping the situation under review, and so there may be the need to change your booking at short notice. The below statement outlines what to expect from us, and what we expect from you. If you do not adhere to the guidelines outlined below, we reserve the right to stop your session and ask you to leave.

What to expect from us:

  • We will follow the latest government guidelines- your visit could be cancelled or postponed at short notice if guidance changes· We will always remain 2 metres apart from you

  • There is no access to Wildlife Trust managed toilets during your visit- if you choose to use public toilets you do so at your own risk

  • We will continue to provide first aid and emergency care for you. In an emergency we may not be able to maintain social distancing, staff providing the first aid will wear appropriate PPE

  • We will not be providing snacks or drinks. Participants will need to bring their own.

  • If one of our staff delivering your event becomes unwell within 2 weeks we will inform you

What we expect from you:

  • You will follow the latest government guidelines

  • You will share this statement with all members of your group

  • You will remain 2 metres apart from staff, volunteers and other group participants (unless they are part of your family)

  • You remain responsible for arranging your own travel and checking all relevant risk assessments for travel are in place

  • If you or someone within the group becomes unwell within 2 weeks you will inform us by contacting the staff member who booked your event.

There are no Trust managed toilets on site. You use public toilets at your own risk.


  • Warm, weatherproof clothing and a hat as many survey areas are exposed and can be windy.

  • Sturdy (ideally waterproof) footwear with good ankle support.

  • Sun protection and water if it's a sunny day.

  • Washing up gloves if it's a cold day, for keeping your hands warm when rummaging in rockpools. There will be gloves provided if needed.

  • A hand lens and guide to sea shore species if you have them.

  • A camera or smartphone (switch on location services) for recording your finds.

  • A drink and a snack.