BSP Coast Watch programme

Detailed information: http://www.b-s-p.org/home/programmes/coast_watch/


A INFORMATION ON SITE AND SURVEYORS

A1 Please draw a map of your excursion area (point, line, polygon)
Lat:
Long:

A2 Map name of the survey area or unit

A3 School name and address:

A5 Do you know your site:
Well
A little
Here on 1st or 2nd visit

A6 Is your unit (part of) specially designated area?
Yes
No
Don't know

A7 If your unit is specially designated please mark:
UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Ramsar Site
National Park
Nature or Marine Reserve
Other designation of natural importance
Bathing water

A8 Is access to your coastal unit:
Easy by foot/vehicle
Difficult or normally impossible by foot/vehicle
Tick, if access is prohibited

B. INFLUENCES FROM LAND immediate hinterland up to 500 m beyond the splash zone

Is the immediate hinterland (up to 500 m from splash zone) mainly devoted to: (tick up to five boxes if necessary)
Intensive grazing
Tillage farming incl. horticulture
Scrub or rough grazing
Dunes
Park,woodland,forest
Wetland (bog, marsh, lagoon)
Rock/sand
Village or residential
Tourist resort
Waste tip
Industry, port industry, power station
Transport: road, train port, marinas
Construction site
Military zone
Other

C SPLAZH ZONE the shoreline from mean high water up to spring high water

C1 Indicate what the area is mainly composed of: (tick maximum 2 categories)
Solid rock
Boulders 20 cm +
Gravel 0.2-20 cm
Sand
Silt or Mud
Other (built walls)

C2 Which of the plants listed did you find in your unit?
Reed bed
Sea Grass Zostera
Brown or Red Algae
Green algae: Patches or thin band
Green algae: Extensive cover or thick mats
Dislodged decaying algae
Other

C3 Size of bladder wrack Fucus vesiculosus, varies in different areas of the Baltic Sea depending on living conditions. If you have found bladder wrack in your area, please take 3 – 5 plants and measure the length of the plant from the attaching place to the top of the longest branch and calculate the average.
Plant was attached
Yes
No

Average length of bladder wrack (cm)

Look carefully bladder wrack plants. Are there growing other alga (hair, filaments ).
none
a few
many

C4 If you know area well indicate whether there was any visible algal blooms in water this spring or summer
Yes
No
Don´t know

C5 Indicate which of the animals listed you found live (L) or dead (D):
Jellyfish
Worms and wormcasts
Shellfish eg cockles, winkles (L)
Shellfish eg cockles, winkles (D)
Crustaceans eg crabs (L)
Crustaceans eg crabs (D)
Fish (L)
Fish (D)
Seabirds (L)
Seabirds (D)
Seals (L)
Seals (D)
Dolphins (L)
Dolphins (D)
Rats (L)
Rats (D)

C6 Which of the following animals were you lucky to find along your part of the shore?
Blue mussel Mytilus edulis
Length 1.5 – 10 cm
none
a few
many
Baltic clam Macoma baltica
Triangular shell
none
a few
many
Mya arenaria
Oval, up to 12 cm long
none
a few
many
Common cockle Cerastoderma glaucum
Heart-shaped, transverse ridges
none
a few
many
Gammarus sp.
none
a few
many

C7 Did you find any visibly oiled birds (live or dead) during your survey?
How many live oiled birds?
How many dead oiled birds?

D GENEARAL LITTERING

D1 Tick any major item(s) found on your unit
Landfill materials (e.g. concrete, rubble, debris from sea defences etc.)
Large metal objects e.g. abandoned vehicles, girders (exclude bins)
Household furnishings (beds, carpets, pieces of furniture etc.)
Household refuse in bags or piles of rubbish
Ship wreckage or small metal parts of ship wreckage
Dumped crops (potatoes, onions etc.)


D2 Please count each type of beverage container, can holders, tyres and plastic shopping bags found anywhere on the shore. If the number is too large to count, estimate it.
Glass bottles (drinks)
Metal drinks containers
Plastic drinks containers
Can holders
Paper or lined paper drinks containers
Tyres (Half a tyre or more = 1)
Plastic shopping bags


D3 Tick which of the following items of general litter or pollution you found on your unit:
Lost or discarded plastic fishing & aquaculture gear (nets, lines, bags)
Packing straps
Hard plastic containers (including crates)
Foamed polystyrene and polyurethane
Sanitary material (incl. condoms, sanitary towel)
Other plastics (not sanitary, bottles, bags, can holders, straps)
Tar, oil, petrol, diesel
Containers of potentially hazardous substance (chemicals etc.)
Textiles, shoes, gloves, items of clothing
Paper, cardboard, worked wood, vegetable waste
Food, fish waste and bones
Faeces (mammal incl. human)
Medical waste e.g. syringes, plasters
Glass (including light bulbs)
Cans (including non-hazardous spray cans, camping gas)

E GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

E1 Has recent weather made the appearance of your coastal unit change?
Yes, it looks cleaner than usual
Yes, looks worse than usual
No, recent weather is insignificant
Don’t know


E2 Has the beach been cleaned within the last week?
Yes
No
Don’t know


E3 Is there any planned change of character (positive or negative) which is imminent for this coastal unit?
Yes
No
Don’t know


E4 If you have evidence of a serious risk or imminent planned change for the worse, please tick up to five boxes which describe the principal risk or imminent negative changes
Erosion
Beach mining
Construction
Dumping/ tipping
Water pollution
Sewage
Radioactivity
Oil
Industry
Agriculture or industrial farming
Recreational abuse
Other


E5 Please enter an short comment or observation: