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Marine Projects

Shoresearch - Colwell Transect  by Judith Glover

Your local seas, beaches and harbours are bustling with life. Our projects are dedicated to protecting species and marine habitats in a variety of different ways.

You can get involved and have a hands-on role in expanding our marine knowledge, spreading the good news about our vibrant habitats and protecting wildlife from current threats.

Get involved

Volunteer: Browse the projects below to learn how you can take part, or view all of our volunteering opportunities.

Families: From rockpooling adventures to roadshows and workshops, we host a variety of events suitable for the whole family.

Schools: Our Making Waves project is helping to raise awareness about our spectacular seas and is offering free educational visits for schools. Our education centres also run classes, programmes and courses throughout the year.

Courses: Find out more about local marine wildlife on one of our adult short courses.


Seasearch survey by Ed Smith

Through this nationwide diving survey project, we train divers in how to identify and survey the species they see whilst diving in local waters.


Shoresearch survey at Calshot by Paul Floyd

This intertidal survey project calls on volunteers to help us record the habitats and species found at several sites along our shores. 

Solent Seagrass Project

Seagrass by Ian Boyd

Seagrasses are a nationally scarce plant and when they form meadows they are classified as a Biodiversity Action Plan habitat.

Beach Cleans & Litter Surveys

Beach clean at Hurst Spit by Amy Dale

We hold an annual beach cleans and litter surveys as part of the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch project.

Solent Seals Project

Common Seals by Mark Heighes

This project has highlighted important resting and feeding areas for local seals to help ensure they are considered in local management and conservation plans.