Get involved

We have lots of opportunities to get involved with our work on the Colourful Coast, so whether you want to learn new skills, get outside or meet new people we hope to have something for you.

Bird Disturbance monitoring volunteers

The seabirds at St Bees head need your help! We need volunteer surveyors to walk along the headland during the nesting season and record any disturbance they see to help us understand how this affects the birds while they’re nesting, resting or feeding. You’ll be part of a team of staff and volunteers from the Colourful Coast Partnership, National Trust, RSPB, Natural England and the Royal Yachting Association who will be surveying for any form of disturbance throughout the 2019 breeding season. You’ll need to walk along St Bees Head once a fortnight (or more if you can) and spend an hour at certain points to watch the seabirds and record any disturbance that you see. While we’ll organise a few sessions to go out together you’re encouraged to do surveying on your own or with a friend – it’s a great way to get some exercise and do some volunteering at the same time! Email for more information

Beach cleaning

We organise monthly beach cleans alternating between Whitehaven and St Bees.  Both of these places suffer from litter which has been washed in on the tide, washed out of the sewage system or dropped on the shore.  We get together to help tidy it up and remove it  before it makes its way out to sea.  All the dates and details  can be found on our Events page.  We provide all the equipment, you just need to come along and join in!

Nature recorders wanted!

If you’ve always wanted to know how to turn random sightings of wild plants and animals into valuable biological records then getting involved with our Nature recorders programme is for you. We’ll take you through how to spot, identify and record wildlife you find on the Colourful Coast. All levels of experience welcome.  Get in touch if you’d like more information.




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