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Big Shell Counting Day 2019

Last year, the first Big Shell Counting Day was organised along the Belgian coast for the first time (in Dutch only). 400 participants in ten municipalities collected, counted and identified all together 30,000 seashells belonging to more than 50 different species. On Saturday 17 March 2018 the organizers - the popular scientific magazine EOS, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the environmental organisation Natuurpunt, the heritage institute Kusterfgoed, the province of West Flanders, and the Belgian Beach Workgroup - would like to do even better. The aim is, together with you, to collect 100,000 shells. Scoring and recognizing empty shells is not only fun and interesting. This citizen science initiative also tells researchers a great deal about the occurrence of this important group of marine animals. Moreover, beached shells provide a lot of information about climate change and human activities at sea. After counting we bring the shells back to the beach. Go to the Dutch webpage for more information.