Scotland’s Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography (SCRAPbook) used aerial photography collected by light aircraft to identify visible macro litter on the coast. During 2018 and 2019 images were collected from all accessible areas of the Scottish mainland coast, producing a ‘snapshot’ of macro litter distribution. A coordinated team of citizen scientists assessed the images for data intensity and litter types and a spatial data set was generated to map these locations. Litter was assessed on an intensity scale from 0 – 5.
Following the work of the Scrapbook project, we are launching the ‘Our Firth, Our Seashore’ project, which aims to promote community group engagement and empower Highland communities to take ownership of their coastal environment. Through the means of marine education workshops, video clips and beach cleans – the project will look to work with the Highland community's schools, businesses and stakeholders to remove increasingly damaging litter from the Moray Firth shore.