Big Beach Biodiversity Survey Workshop


A one-day “Explore your Shore” training workshop is planned for Brittas Bay on Saturday,21st March.

The workshop is a “citizen science” initiative co-ordinated by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre (NBDC). 

Led by Dave Wall from the NBDC ,  the event  is designed to assist beginners and non professionals in identifying species commonly found cast up by the tide along our coasts.

The workshop will run from 10am to 15.00pm (field work included).  

Brittas Bay National School is the venue for the morning session which will consist of a short introduction to the  project, followed by an illustrated talk with particular emphasis on key identification features of bivalves (mussels and oysters).

The afternoon session involves an outdoor trip to Brittas Bay Beach to practice field skills and, hopefully,  record a wide variety of bivalve species.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their identification skills. The workshop is limited to 20 people (adults only) and booking is essential to secure a place. To book a place please e mail

This initiative is part of a larger programme of biodiversity awareness and citizen engagement co-ordinated by Wicklow County Council through the actions of the County Wicklow Biodiversity and Heritage Plans.  For more see and

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