Seaweed is beautiful. Seaweed is amazing.
Seaweed changes throughout the year as it grows through it’s life cycle. As with plants that grow on land, depending on the conditions in which the specimens grow, there can be huge variations within a species. As you are out and about on the beach you may come across seaweed that doesn't look like anything you can find in any guides.
Some impressive work has been done in Ireland on the identification of seaweeds. Professor Micheal Guiry of the National University of Galway founded an extensive database of seaweed and other algae called Algaebase. He also set up The Seaweed Site which has so much information about seaweed on it that it is a must-see for anyone who wants to know more about seaweed.
We want to complement this amazing body of work through Pinterest and other social media channels to help increase awareness of different types of seaweed. We have created some Pinterest boards on the Wild Atlantic Seagarden Pinterest page where we will be loading up pictures throughout the year of different species of seaweed we find in their varying stages of development.
You can access the images on these boards on your mobile phone and, next time you are out on a seaweed hunt, you can use the pictures to help you identify the seaweed you find.
We would love it if you would email pictures of the unusual seaweeds you come across to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, even if you don't know what species they are. We will identify the seaweed for you and post the pictures on our Wild Atlantic Seagarden Pinterest boards for you to share with other people and access in the future.
If you tell us the location, date and the time of the sighting we will feed the data into our education programmes and try to get a better understanding of the seaweed around our coastline.
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