Our purpose in this survey is to: create a comprehensive biodiversity record of data and photographs of non-microscopic life along this coast; to begin to record changes in abundance and range for key species over time; to record results of powerful natural and man made events such as storms; to help all interested people learn more and become more knowledgeable about the place we live; and to create a region where scientists are encouraged to work and share their understanding with our local community and visitors.
Our Shore survey will take place all along our coastline from Eurobodalla to Lakes Entrance. It is a coastline of great variety and complexity as well as great beauty. We have rocky islands and headlands and boulder beaches, lagoons and estuaries. We have great expanses of golden unspoiled sand beaches backed by sand dunes and wild bush.
We are told that very little formal surveying of the biodiversity of our shores has taken place, yet there are many interesting and unusual creatures and plants to be found here.
Many of us walk along the shores and enjoy fossicking through the tide line. Nowadays we often take our cameras to record what we see. Our website gives you the chance to add your sightings and photographs to help build the Atlas of Life of the Coastal Wilderness.
The Shore Survey will be made up of both individual sightings and organised surveys based on agreed methodologies. We may search for rare and elusive species in particular locations, or undertake regular surveys for common species in many places. There will be many opportunities to add valuable data.
We will also be working on projects with partner organisations, such as the Nature Coast Marine Group whose area is further north and included the Bateman Marine Park. The Endangered Shorebird Project (NPWS) will add their information into the Atlas. Because of the coast’s variety, our surveys will be varied too. Estuary monitoring will be an important source of information for us and we can help widen the scope of many partner’s projects, when we have interested and trained volunteers.
This survey has a wide and will also in places have a deep scope. We will encourage students, citizen scientists, fossickers and researchers to contribute in different ways.
We are creating Species Lists of common species, and with your input we will add to this as wide a range of species observations as possible.
We will create Field Guides to help you and you can learn how to access the information held in the Atlas of Living Australia, and other web based sources of references and identification aids. We are working with developing technology and we will continue to explore new ways of recording data, such as via mobile phones. We will offer training to help you become skilled in observation and recording. We see photography as being a major tool in developing this modern Atlas of our Shores.