Results and highlights
Between 2012 and 2016, over 1200 volunteers made a significant contribution to our knowledge of eroding coastal heritage in Scotland. We wrote an evaluation report at the end of the first phase of SCHARP, and filmed interviews with many of you for evaluation videos.
Over the 4 years, you submitted an impressive 1074 ShoreUPDATE surveys, and visited 90% of the 322 sites in the highest risk category. Along the way, you discovered 400 new archaeological sites not previously documented. You showed that involving volunteers increased capacity to carry out a large-scale survey and improved the quality of the results.
Here are the headline results of the analysis of your surveys
- 145 sites across the survey areas have been assigned a priority status because of their current risk from coastal processes. 31 of these have been assigned the highest priority 1* and 1 status. The Sites at Risk Map displays the updated results of your surveys.
- 78% of priority sites are located in the Northern and Western Isles and the Highland region.
- Sand dune and machair coastlines are most vulnerable to erosion and contain nearly half of all priority sites.
- Compared to previous surveys the number of priority sites has fallen. This is the result of the national remit of the survey which corrected regional bias, changes in land management, and natural meteorological cycles.
You also worked with us on 14 ShoreDIGs - individual community projects at locally-valued threatened sites. These projects have created new knowledge and make inspirational case studies of what can be achieved by community action for threatened coastal heritage.