What we're looking for
This long running national survey - organised by the RSPB in England since 1971 - monitors trends in oil pollution affecting seabirds and beaches. Though the problem of 'chronic' oil pollution is less common nowadays, it still occurs and the annual late winter Beached Bird Survey is a proven way of monitoring how oil affects seabirds and beaches. Major pollution incidents also occur (eg, the Napoli oil spill in 2007 and the two PIB incidents in 2013) and large numbers of seabirds also die in periodic 'wrecks' due to prolonged bad weather (eg, early 2014). In these circumstances, RSPB organises emergency Beached Bird Surveys to assess impact on seabirds. The RSPB needs to increase its survey coverage we have many accessible beaches without an allocated surveyor. Your local beach needs you! The survey involves walking the most recent high tide line (strandline) of an agreed stretch of accessible sandy or pebble beach to record accurately any evidence of pollution, such as oil, and the number and species of any 'beached' seabirds.