Call to help map coastline plant
CAITHNESSIANS are being called on to help build a map of where seagrass can be found around northern Scotland.
Seagrass is a flowering plant which lives under the waves in shallow, sheltered areas of coastlines. However, with pollution on the rise, climate change and human disturbance, populations are disappearing.
The Scottish marine conservation charity Project Seagrass is trying to monitor and map remaining populations.
It is asking for people’s help by using a Seagrass Spotter app to take a picture of any seagrass sightings around the coast.
Researchers believe with so little known about the seagrass around Caithness, the chances are people will be discovering populations no one has found before.
Healthy seagrass meadows are places for young fish to grow, hide and find food. Other benefits of the underwater gardens include more oxygen to breathe, more carbon being locked away in their leaves and roots, and protection for sandy coastlines.
The app can be found on both the app and play store or at seagrassspotter.org