Call for coastal heritage survey volunteers


28 July 2022
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St Combs beach, Fraserburgh
Over the summer of 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.

SCAPE works with the public to research, investigate, interpret and promote the archaeology of Scotland’s coast

Volunteers are welcome on the surveys, which 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. SCAPE organise two to four days of survey, to coincide with low tides. Volunteers 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, SCAPE 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 the organisers will help you out with everything you need to know.

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When and where?

SCAPE will be out and about in August, September and October, once or twice a month, timed to coincide with days when there are low tides during the daytime. This year, the focus is on parts of the Moray Firth and Aberdeenshire coastlines, in order to update records of heritage sites on the coast and intertidal zone.

How do I get involved?

To volunteer, or for more information, e-mail Joanna Hambly. You can see the Sites At Risk page here and 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.