The important stuff:
Guidelines for volunteers for keeping safe during ShoreUPDATE surveys
Whether you are alone, or in a group, there are particular dangers to be aware of when working at the coast. Your safety during ShoreUPDATE surveys is our main concern, so it’s really important that you follow the guidance below.
NEVER put yourself or others at risk when carrying out a ShoreUPDATE survey. If you are unsure or consider the situation unsafe for any reason do not continue with the survey.
If you are planning on working alone, tell someone where you are going and your expected return time.
ALWAYS check the state of the tide and the weather before you set out. Information on tides and weather is available on the BBC website http://news.bbc.co.uk/weather/coast_and_sea/tide_tables/7/ .
Take a fully charged mobile phone. Remember that in an emergency, the Coastguard can be contacted by dialling 999.
Don’t undertake a survey if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.
- What to pack in your rucksack:
- Even if you’re only planning a short trip, take enough liquid and food to sustain you in the event of an unexpected delay;
- According to the weather take, extra warm clothes, waterproofs, sun cream; hat, gloves;
- An emergency First Aid Kit;
- A good map (e.g. OS Landranger) and compass.
- Ruinous buildings, monuments and structures are common at the coast. NEVER enter or go close to unstable structures and buildings where there is a risk of falling masonry or debris. Take photographs and fill out your survey form from a safe distance.
- NEVER climb up or down unstable coastal sections.
Take great care in the intertidal zone. NEVER venture out onto mudflats or salt marshes if you are not absolutely sure it is safe to do so.
Take great care on slippery rocks.
Wear gloves and take care when handling cultural material, especially glass and metalwork.
Don’t touch any containers or drums that may contain hazardous substances, any hazardous rubbish or any unfamiliar objects. Potentially hazardous waste can be reported to your local SEPA office.
Avoid disturbing wild animals – any injured, stranded or dead animals can be reported to the SPCA by dialling their animal helpline 03000 999 999.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.