We've been talking a lot about citizen science lately, and what better way to celebrate World Oceans Day than by taking a look at what this method achieves for our seas? Citizen science is all about bringing people together to tackle large-scale issues - by pooling data collected by many individual volunteers it transforms small actions into big results for organisations like ours.
The contribution that citizen science makes to our work locally is truly momentous; it's helped us to limit harmful fishing practices and secure Marine Protected Areas, among other milestone victories for nature. It's also integrated local knowledge into the wider picture of the pressures on wildlife across the UK, enabling better collaboration between different organisations within the conservation sector.
We wanted to share the importance of citizen science, and showcase some of the fun and easy ways to get involved. So we headed down to the beautiful Royal Victoria Country Park for a day of learning about our marine environment and how we can all help to protect it.