By Mary Jones 14th January 2020

The new partnership encourages educators, learners, families and individuals to get involved.

Coasts and Waters Collage

The themed Year of Coasts and Waters 2020 is an opportunity to highlight the nature, history and culture of Scotland’s lochs and rivers, its shorelines and waterways.

The marine environment, coastlines and inland waters are at the heart of FSC Scotland experiences and expertise. They’re a vital part of the Field Studies Council’s 75-year heritage. From plankton to porpoises, gobies to gannets, otters to algae, FSC staff and visitors have counted, photographed, measured and talked about all things Coasts and Waters.

Coasts and Waters Logo

Coasts and Waters are places to feel good, be healthy, be curious, be inspired and be creative. They are places where we can think about, and act on, bigger picture matters too – such as biodiversity, sustainability, climate, and our place in the world.

A partnership of organisations (FSC Scotland, Scottish Seabird Centre, Glasgow Science Centre, Historic Environment Scotland, the Cairngorms National Park and the John Muir Trust) has collaborated to help people participate in the themed year – particularly in school, youth and community group settings. We want to celebrate the potential of Scotland’s Coasts and Waters for learning, for adventure, and for their aesthetic inspiration.

You’re invited to Get involved! Download a free resource created especially for Year of Coasts and Waters packed full of information, resources, ideas and activities to support participation. It’s a starting point for finding out and doing things – ideal for all ages and backgrounds.

FSC Scotland will be making lots of links – through specially themed programmes and outreach activity, its summer Bioblitz, and #SpeciesOfTheWeek – and collecting stories of how people make connections with Scotland’s Coasts and Waters during 2020.