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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

"Taking part in the INNS Project was a great learning experience. Not only did I get to practice and develop my practical field work skills, but increase my knowledge of the Native and Non Native species found and a variety of places along the Yorkshire Coastline. Taking part in this project improved my general marine wildlife ID skills and enhanced my appreciation for our ever changing marine environment.”

Grant awarded - £480.70

Currently there is a lack of data for the Yorkshire coastline on invasive non-native  species, with most monitoring programmes conducted in the southern and western part of Britain. YWT's project aims to fill this data gap by periodically monitoring the Yorkshire coast, placing settlement panels within harbours and marinas for sessile benthic organisms to attach to. The panels are lifted at monthly intervals to identify and record species abundance (both native and non-native); in addition the surrounding marine environmental conditions for salinity and temperature are recorded. Ultimately, this will enable YWT to form a baseline of species presence and composition and enable them check for introductions over time.  YWT can also compare geographical sites by sharing their data with neighbouring regions.

Outcomes

Settlement plates have been installed at 5 sites on the Yorkshire Coast.  They are monitored monthly (whenever possible) for the settlement of species, both native and non-native.  This has continued through 2014 and 2015.  Species data is recorded and provided to Natural England and the Marine Biological Association.

Eleven university students, one YWT volunteer and four YWT volunteer trainees have been involved in the project, all learning valuable field survey skills.

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