Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project

Scotland’s coastlines and waters are a special place for marine habitats and wildlife. The Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Project encourages everyone to get involved in the survey and monitoring of marine life in their local waters.

Through this project we are working directly to increase participation in marine biodiversity surveying in Scotland. This includes working to improve survey skills and increase the knowledge base within communities, providing access to suitable equipment, and supporting community-led survey planning, fieldwork and data management.

Key project focus:

  • Connect more people with Scotland’s seas.
  • Enable participation in marine biodiversity survey within Scotland by providing project resources, training, access to equipment and knowledge exchange events.
  • Develop a data journey into national marine databases to support decision making for Scotland’s inshore coasts and waters.
  • Nationally, improve our knowledge of marine species and habitat distribution around Scotland.

The project aims to support the delivery of the Scottish Marine Protected Area (MPA) Monitoring Strategy.

Why should I get involved?

Community value

  • It’s fun
  • Promotes ocean stewardship and builds community connections
  • Meaningful participation in marine science and conservation

Environmental value

  • Improve knowledge and understanding of natural environments and processes
  • Contributes to the evidence-base to inform decision-making
  • Monitor changes to the marine environment

Want to find out more and get involved? Please contact us by email at [email protected]

NatureScot, Fauna & Flora, and William grant logos for Community-led marine biodiversity project pages

Find out more

Marine Protected Areas

Marine survey and monitoring in Scottish MPAs

Community-led Marine Biodiversity Monitoring Handbook

Press release - From sofa to seabed: virtual training to explore marine life

Partnership between NatureScot and Fauna & Flora, funded by the William Grant Foundation


Community Marine Survey

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