Diver at St Abbs Scotland Mark Kirkland

If you’re a diver you could help track the health of our ocean by joining our Seasearch project and help us to protect and restore our marine environment.

What is Seasearch?

Seasearch is a project for recreational divers and snorkellers who want to do their bit for the marine environment by collecting information about marine habitats, plants and animals that only they see under the water.

We need Seasearch information from sites all around Britain and Ireland, including the Channel Islands and Isle of Man, so wherever you dive or snorkel, you can take part.

You can carry out Seasearch surveys on your own, with your club, your buddy or on organised Seasearch dive weekends and longer expeditions.

You can monitor your favourite dive site on a regular basis, tracking seasonal changes, or explore previously unrecorded places.

We work in partnership with local Wildlife Trusts and other organisations to deliver the Seasearch project on the ground.

The information collected by Seasearch divers helps everybody responsible for marine nature conservation to identify what’s special about different areas, what’s going on that may be affecting them and to make informed decisions about protection or regulatory measures.

Seasearch makes a difference! Seasearch records, from recreational divers, have already made a big difference to how much we know about British and Irish marine life. We have collected over 30 years of data, all submitted by volunteers.

From spiny lobsters to seagrass, we have plotted new records and led to new measures for protecting the most important sites in different areas.

And Seasearch volunteers have also spotted new or previously unrecorded species in Britain and Ireland. But there is much more to learn…which is where you come in.

You don’t have to be an expert to start off with because we’ll teach you what you need to know to become a Seasearch recorder on one of our training courses.

You just need to be interested in the marine environment and want to learn more. Discover more by visiting the Seasearch website.

Learn more about our Seasearch project

Visit the Seasearch website