Join us in coastal heritage surveys of your local area

Each year we plan walks along changing coastlines around Scotland to update coastal heritage records. We welcome volunteers joining in the surveys. They are very enjoyable ways of discovering the hidden history of your coast and sharing your knowledge of it with others. The results of the surveys are submitted to Scotland’s regional and national historic environment databases.

In 2022 and 2023 we walked some of the coasts of Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, South Ayrshire, Loch Ryan and Stronsay with local volunteers.

You’ll find reports for Highland, Moray, Aberdeenshire, Stronsay, South Ayrshire and Loch Ryan on the Reports pages now.

Planning is underway for the 2024 surveys and information will be available here.

What’s involved?

The surveys involve walking the coast and using the SCAPE app to update records of existing sites and record new ones. We organise walks to coincide with low tides. We walk around 6-8km of coastline and are out for about 5 hours.  The surveys will vary in ease of access and terrain. If you register your interest, we will tell you about the detailed routes and times a week or two before a survey so that you can choose which ones you would like to join. No experience is required, and we will help you out with everything you need to know.

How to get involved

Contact Joanna jh105@st-andrews.ac.uk  if you’d like further information about the surveys.

Start exploring now

To start exploring coastal heritage sites in your area now, register as a user on the Sites at Risk page. Then download the free SCAPE app for Android and iOS to access and contribute to information about all sites on the coastal heritage database when you’re on the coast.

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