Shorewatch/ Scape

Survey work near Blackness, on the shore of the River Forth.
Survey work near Blackness, on the shore of the River Forth.

The EAFS was actively involved in the Shorewatch project (now known as Scape) which records structural and other findings on the shoreline which may be subject to damage by environmental causes. The stretch of shore allocated for study by the Society extends east from Bo’ness to Blackness and then further on to Port Edgar. The Society is also looking at areas of the mid Lothian shoreline.

Considerable interest is being generated by the finding of the remains of fish traps in the intertidal zone confirming that the area had a significant inshore fishing industry, probably in the 18th and 19th centuries. Associated with these are the remains of possible slipways and breakwaters to service the fishing activities.

The society organised training, from the Scape team, in using the ShoreUpdate App to record and upload information about sites found when surveying. The Society has organised outings to survey the shore but individual members have also used the app to update the database whilst out walking/surveying.