Wardie Bay Beachwatch

Wardie Bay Beachwatch (WBBW) initially formed in 2017 to engage with the community in providing MCS marine litter data and beachcleans. Wardie Bay is a central Edinburgh location between historic Granton and Newhaven Harbours. The group has grown to develop awareness of the rich biodiversity of this important rocky shoreline habitat which has SSSI, SPA and Ramsar status, with visiting Harbour Seals, migratory seabirds such as Knots, and a rich Kelp bed. It is also a popular spot for wild swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities.

 

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Wardie Bay Beachwatch (WBBW) initially formed in 2017 to engage with the community in providing MCS marine litter data and beachcleans. Wardie Bay is a central Edinburgh location between historic Granton and Newhaven Harbours. The group has grown to develop awareness of the rich biodiversity of this important rocky shoreline habitat which has SSSI, SPA and Ramsar status, with visiting Harbour Seals, migratory seabirds such as Knots, and a rich Kelp bed. It is also a popular spot for wild swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities.

WBBW has teamed up with various groups and stakeholders to help highlight and provide sustainable protections at the site. In 2019, WBBW and the Wild Ones wild swimmers applied to SEPA for designated Bathing Water status for Wardie Bay and is currently running the campaign, #WardieBay4BathingWater.

To build a network of volunteers, and call for action to clean up and mitigate the hazards to life at Wardie Bay, the Firth of Forth, and further afield.

To deliver Beachwatch surveys, nurdle hunts and other citizen science network events, contributing pollution evidence to established data sets, while raising awareness and calling for action at policy level.

To work with community, conservation groups, scientists, educators, politicians, landowners and other stakeholders to develop sustainable protections for our immediate environment.

To provide a platform for citizen science biodiversity surveys, and to encourage a renewal of thorough biodiversity monitoring at Wardie Bay, working with and learning from marine scientists and educators, to put this Firth of Forth location on the conservation map.