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Coastwatch: The Highlights and Lowlights of their 2013 Autumn Survey

On the first week of December, Coastwatch launched the 'hightlights and lowlights' results of their annual autumn Coastwatch Survey.

Over 600 survey returns were received - a 20% increase over 2012. The largest changes were seen in nature records including more jellyfish observations than ever in 25 years, and a triggerfish in Lough Foyle - further north and later than all previous records. Two volunteers even found natter jack toad tadpoles in Kerry splahzone ponds. Gigas oysters and some garden escape warm climate species like New Zealand flax are spreading rapidly in some areas as invasive alien species.  Nature is responding to rising water temperature and changed weather patterns.

 

You can also watch this report from News2day who came down to the launch in Sandycove Harbour and spoke to students from The Harold School, Glasthule. Coastwatch Coordinator Karin Dubsky talks about what we can do to reduce litter that ends up on our beaches and threatening our wildlife, including the introduction of a deposit and return system!