From River to Ocean – Source to Sea Citizen Science Workshop Event

Friday 14th April, 2023 - 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Olive Bank Road, Musselburgh, EH21 6RD


For Citizen Science month in April, Buglife and the Marine Conservation Society are joining forces to create a hands-on, practical set of citizen science workshops, tracing the path from the river out to sea.


  • Workshop 1 – River sampling 10.30 – 11.30am

Join Buglife and volunteers from Riverfly on the Esk citizen science project to learn about the amazing world of our freshwater invertebrates and how they can tell you what’s going on in your local river. Find out what it takes to support your river by becoming a river guardian!

Meeting point – Olive Bank Road Wooden Bridge, Musselburgh, EH21 7PG

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  • Workshop 2- Source to Sea Litter Quest 11.30 – 12.15pm

We’ll leave the riverbank and use the Marine Conservation Society Source to Sea Litter Survey to collect data on litter, and possible pathways out to see. This walk will take us from the river down the the beach.

Arrival at beach and lunch break (please bring lunch and water)

  • Workshop 3 – Beach Clean and Seaweed Survey 1.00 – 2.15pm

Once we make our way to the beach at Musselburgh we will use the Beachwatch methodology form to conduct a mini beach clean. The survey sheet will collect data on the amount and type of litter found, and help us push for change at Government level.

We will also take a look at the biodiversity on the shoreline, looking at rockpools and using the Big Seaweed Search survey to look at issues of climate change reflected in the presence of seaweeds in Scotland.

All ages and abilities welcome, and equipment provided. If you have you own gloves, please do bring these. More information will be sent out in advance of the event.

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