However, one thing that really stood out in the introduction was how unique the Thanet coastline is. This was elaborated by an impressive aerial photograph of the whole island showing the underwater chalk reef that stretches from one end of the island to the other. Something I must admit I have never seen before in such detail and reminds me of photographs of the Australian Great Barrier Reef. I also found the ongoing studies of the changes to our marine environment due to climate change like the population explosion of the Pacific oyster very interesting.
The responsibility of a Coastal Warden is to record and collect data of anything that has an impact on the marine environment this also includes surveys of the marine life and recording data on any incident or event that causes changes to the marine environment. There are over 150 volunteer Coastal Wardens each with designated bays and assigned survey teams, mine is the Ramsgate Main Sands and Westcliff “B” survey.