This training session is provided by Ulster Wildlife in partnership with CEDaR.

Our online training course will tell you all you need to know to get started from basic species identification skills, to top tips for surveying and how to use the handy recording app. By taking part you will develop your ID skills and understanding of our coastal wildlife. Best of all, you don’t need to identify your find to submit a record so you can make a difference from day one! After this, you’ll head to the shore to put your learning into practise in an intertidal survey! Ulster Wildlife staff will be on hand to help with identifications.


9:00am – 11:00am – Indoor Beginner Training Session

11:30am – 12:30pm – ShoreNI Intertidal Survey 

Book your place here: National Marine Week – ShoreNI Beginner Training & Survey | Ulster Wildlife

ShoreNI surveys are 16+. You may bring your children along with you, however it is not a family focused event.

Hello! Justin Judge here.

It is with great pleasure that I extend my greetings to you as the new DiveNI Coordinator, taking over from Sally Stewart-Moore. As Sally has moved over to other ventures, I have taken up the role as Marine Biodiversity Officer at the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR), National Museums NI.

My background is structured from several aspects of working in the marine realm. I have worked for several years as a marine consultant, specifically as a Marine Mammal Observer. I have also been involved in numerous conservation projects, e.g., elasmobranch population assessments and marine research, where I have recently completed my PhD in marine food web ecology. I am also a BSAC Sports Diver and Snorkel Instructor.

To refresh your memory or for those that are unaware of my role at CEDaR, I am responsible for collating marine data in Northern Ireland from a range of stakeholders, e.g., from governmental bodies to citizen scientists, supporting the collection, management and dissemination of marine data via a central hub. The formation of this database is helping to inform and steer policy- and decision-making.

As I am sure you are aware, Sally has achieved an incredible amount through the creation and maintenance of DiveNI. I am very excited to pick up where she left off. Definitely big shoes to fill!

I look forward to meeting you all at some point in the future, hopefully above and below the water!

In the meantime, if you have any questions, ideas or feedback, please email


Justin Judge

DiveNI Coordinator

Marine Biodiversity Officer (CEDaR)