Join us in coastal heritage surveys of your area

Over 2022, SCAPE will be walking parts of the Moray Firth and Aberdeenshire coastlines to update records of heritage sites on the coast and intertidal zone.

We welcome volunteers on the surveys. They are wonderful 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.

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 two to four days of survey, 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.

When and where?

We will be out and about in June, August, September, and October, once or twice a month timed to coincide with days when there are low tides during the daytime.

Survey areas

Areas coloured in orange and red are most vulnerable to erosion now and in the immediate future. Our coastal walks will be targeting many of these stretches.

Map of Moray and Aberdeenshire

How to get involved

Contact Joanna jh105@st-andrews.ac.uk  to tell us that you’re interested and find out more.

Start exploring now

Map of Moray and Aberdeenshire

The green dots on SCAPE’s Sites at Risk map are coastal sites recorded on Scotland’s national historic environment database (Canmore) and the Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland historic environment records. We will be visiting as many of these as possible in our target areas.

If previous surveys are anything to go by, we will also discover many more sites to add to the record.

Green dots are visible to registered users. So, to start exploring them now, register and log in 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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