Dead Dolphin ashore May 2016

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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Thanet coastal warden


On Saturday I attended an induction at the Margate Media Centre in King Street to become a volunteer Coastal Warden for the Thanet Coast Project. The Coastal Warden scheme is designed for local people who are enthusiastic about volunteering to safe guard the local coast. Many people attended, each with various levels of knowledge about the coast but all sharing the same amount of enthusiasm. The meeting was pretty straightforward putting forward the Thanet Coast Project objectives and was what expected from a Coastal Warden.
However, one thing that really stood out in the introduction was how unique the Thanet coastline is. This was elaborated by an impressive aerial photograph of the whole island showing the underwater chalk reef that stretches from one end of the island to the other. Something I must admit I have never seen before in such detail and reminds me of photographs of the Australian Great Barrier Reef. I also found the ongoing studies of the changes to our marine environment due to climate change like the population explosion of the Pacific oyster very interesting.

The responsibility of a Coastal Warden is to record and collect data of anything that has an impact on the marine environment this also includes surveys of the marine life and recording data on any incident or event that causes changes to the marine environment. There are over 150 volunteer Coastal Wardens each with designated bays and assigned survey teams, mine is the Ramsgate Main Sands and Westcliff “B” survey.

5 comments:

Bertie Biggles said...

Well done, Tony. You will obviously bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to this voluntary work.

Millicent said...

Sounds like an ideal opportunity for a well-known beachcomber - glad you have enough time to do it - our coast is in safe hands!

ascu75 aka Don said...

good on you Tony hope all goes well

Richard Eastcliff said...

Good luck Tony! And for your sake, I do hope you don't end up with Dumpton Syndrome!

Tony Beachcomber said...

Crikey ECR, poor old dog whelk.