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Press Release // Wed 27th Sept 2023 // AFTER AGNES - Coastwatch shore survey

Updated: Oct 8, 2023


CONTACT Karin Dubsky Coastwatch 086 8111 684

A most exciting time to look at a shore is after a storm. Lots of reasons to go out and look.

  • Wind, rain and waves might have eroded chunks of land, or totally rearranged it, taking top layers of sediment and exposing drowned forests or archaeological remains like the over 5000 year old Barna dug out canoe in Co Galway.

  • You might get a glimpse of life brought from far away like Portuguese men of war or strange marine litter washed up. Heaps of waste warrant a clean-up before it breaks up into pieces.

  • A seagrass bed might have been lifted, rolled up and left like abandoned carpet rolls in the shallow water as in Seafield Quilty, Co Clare 2 years ago. If we saw it straight after it happened, unrolled these carpets and spread them over the seafloor they might just take and thank you with oodles of fish next spring?

  • On the other hand, your shore might look as though Agnes never came which is also interesting.

No one has ever done a methodical ‘after storm shore snapshot picture’ of Ireland - join us now. So let’s try it– After Agnes.


Go to, select and book a 500meter survey unit. Ideally one you know well. Then google ‘low tide’ of a place nearby and decide which day after Storm Agenes to go out. We have exceptionally low tides this weekend so it’s a superb time to survey anyway.

Get the Coastwatch survey materials from our website or the Coastwatch regional coordinator and read today while it’s raining.

Best to explore as family or with a friend to record and report. We have a report app where you can also upload photos. Or you can complete the Coastwatch survey form on

Coastwatch will then produce a snapshot picture from the collated feedback.

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