Volunteer Opportunities

Coast Care Northumberland

Coast Care is an initiative created to train, support and resource volunteers to contribute to the management and conservation of the Northumberland coastline from Berwick to Amble. There are a range of volunteer roles including performing wildlife surveys, practical conservation tasks, local site wardens, photographers and administration. Projects are available to suit a wide range of interests and capabilities.

Capturing Our Coast

Capturing Our Coast was an HLF-funded citizen science project which ran between 2015 and 2018. The bulk of the project has now finished however some elements are still ongoing including. Details of these can be found by following the link above.


Beachwatch is the Marine Conservation Society’s national beach cleaning and litter survey programme where people all around the UK can care for their coastline.

The Big Microplastic Survey

The Big Microplastic survey is  a global citizen science project that anyone can participate in.  It gathers scientific data and information about the microplastics problem from around the world and is aimed at individuals and organisations that have access to the coast, rivers and lakes.

The Great Nurdle Hunt

Nurdles are small plastic pellets about the size of a lentil. Countless billion are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up washing up on our shores. The Great Nurdle Hunt collects data on the presence and extent of nurdles.


Seasearch is a project for volunteer scuba divers who have an interest in what they’re seeing under water, want to learn more and want to help protect the marine environment around the coasts of Britain and Ireland. The main aim is to map out the various types of sea bed found in the near-shore zone around the whole of Britain and Ireland. In addition the project is recording what lives in each area, establishing the richest sites for marine life, the sites where there are problems and the sites which need protection.

The Great Eggcase Hunt

The Great Eggcase Hunt is a citizen science project run by the Shark Trust  which asks the public to find and record the eggcases of sharks and rays