ISLAND CHALLENGE

Supported by The Jersey Community Foundation with funds from the Channel Islands Lottery


THE JERSEY MARINE CONSERVATION 70 4 70 ISLAND CHALLENGE

On 2nd February 2022, Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, after 70 years of service.

To commemorate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, we at Jersey Marine Conservation are very excited to announce the launch of our 70 4 70 Island Challenge, made possible with the help of the Jersey Community Fund. To celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service, we are inviting islanders to get involved in identifying and logging 70 marine species and collecting and recording 70 pieces of litter.

70 4 70 aims to improve our environment through wide community engagement, from individual students or schools to businesses. We want to get everyone involved!

What is so special about this event is that not only are you doing something of positive benefit, but also all the species data collected by you will be verified and submitted for inclusion in the Jersey Biodiversity Centre database. Therefore, you are providing key information for research and conservation management. Your efforts are very valuable to the island.

All information you provide through the app or by emailing the data sheets will be used help us find ways to safeguard the marine environment. 70-4-70 will directly prevent harmful waste and materials from finding their way into our beautiful oceans. It is also a great way to look after your own health and well-being as well! Everyone can take part in some way. It can even count towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award!


The competition will close at midnight on World Maritime Day, Thursday 29th September

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CHALLENGE 1

Identify and record 70 Marine species, including birds – Take photos and record what you find on the epicollect5 app

This can be one type of species from several different locations or different species in the same location! Photographs are important to help us verify the different species recorded, especially if your not sure of the species name.

CHALLENGE 2

Collect and record 70 pieces of litterTake photos and record what you find on the epicollect5 app

The rubbish can be from anywhere on the Island that could end up in the ocean. It can be many of the same type of rubbish item and can be found in as many different locations as you like! Litter does not need to be individually photographed and can be captured in one or more shots.

Why should you join in?

As an island, we are in a position where we have to take responsibility for what ends up in the ocean around us. Surrounded by water, and open to the Atlantic Ocean, any waste we produce has a chance of affecting the global marine environment, not just the rubbish you see on the beach. We all need to do our bit and the Queens 70th anniversary is a good time to get the whole Island involved.

A particular litter issue we have in Jersey comes from our potato fields. They have to grow with plastic sheets for cover; however, during seasons of harsh winds and gales, these sheets tear into small pieces that get blown all over the fields, surrounding hedgerows and often end up in the sea. Surprisingly quickly they into microplastics in the water, which marine life and particularly in Jersey, juvenile crustaceans, unfortunately, mistake for food. What plastic is left gets ploughed back into the fields. The problem is prevalent, so we all must do something to save our ocean and environment now before it is too late.


Do something for our planet now, what’s stopping you?


The Prize

Certificates of completion will be awarded to every individual or group that takes part.

If you enter and complete the 70 4 70 Island Challenge you’ll be entered into the prize draw. We have three fantastic ocean themed prize bundles up for grabs. Individuals and groups will each have their chance to win one!

Don’t feel like you need to stop at 70! Special prizes will also be awarded for those individuals, groups or corporations that go over and above the target!

Winners will be announced on our social media pages once all the submissions have been verified, we are hoping to invite the winners to receive their awards at our next Marine Mission Event, celebrating World Wetlands Day at the start of 2023.

Prize bundle includes:

A handmade wooden Jersey Marine Conservation (JMC) trophy, Tidal Topper Top Trump cards, JMC T-shirt, JMC mug, ‘Any More Fish in the Sea?’ poster and Shape by the Ocean corded Jersey sea glass pendant.

Please note, you are under no obligation to accept the prize should you only be interested in conducting surveys and not being entered into the draw. In the event of this happening, the draw will be conducted again.


How it works

  • Download the epicollect5 App and select add project
  • Search for the 70 4 70 Island Challenge (Alternatively download the printable forms via the links below)
  • Ensure you have access rights to anywhere you are walking, and are wearing sensible clothing
  • Be sure to carefully check the tide times when out in the intertidal areas, and keep track of time to avoid getting caught out! While the activities are being carried out please consider the conditions, safety and well-being of yourselves and your group
  • Select ‘Add entry’ to record and upload photographs of any marine species and litter you find, click upload entry when they are ready to submit!
  • Add your name when prompted, please include your school or organisation/team name if applicable
  • Don’t forget to take a rubbish collection bag to collect items of litter and dispose of any litter responsibly eg. recycle if possible
  • Data will be downloaded directly from the app once the competition is closed, or if you have downloaded the forms please submit your survey with your entry form via the link at the bottom of the page

When you have completed the challenge fill out the form below to provide us your contact details!

If you have any questions please contact emily@jerseymarineconservation.org


Download the App to get started!

Epicollect5 is a free and easy-to-use mobile data-gathering platform.

Download on the App Store or get it on Google Play

(Printable forms are also available via the download links below)


Recording Sheet Downloads


Track your progress

Download our printable progress sheet to keep track of your challenge!


Identifying Species

For a basic guide to species you may find around the coast of Jersey, please download our Free ID booklet

For a more extensive ID guide we would recommend the book below!

Recommended Species ID Book

The Seashore Life of Jersey

Jersey’s seas contain a mixture of warmer southern European species and colder subartic ones giving it marine life which is subtly different to that of mainland Britain. This guide will help you identify the plants and animals that you will commonly encounter in Jersey’s rockpools, sandflats, gullies and other coastal habitats. It is the perfect visual guide for anyone who enjoys exploring the seashore and wants to know more about its wildlife.  

Don’t worry if you don’t know the exact species name, all photographs you submit will be verified!

Use the app to record your entries, or submit your forms and photographs using the link below.


If you’d like to help us advertise the 70 4 70 Island Challenge, please feel free to download, print and distribute our leaflet/poster and share our social media graphic – Thank You!

Terms And Conditions

Please read these terms and conditions carefully:

  1. The competition is record 70 marine species and collect 70 pieces of rubbish until midnight Thursday 29 September 2022. The winners of the prize draws and outstanding contribution awards will be announced on Thursday 2nd February 2023.
  2. For a chance to win, you must have 70 records for both marine species and rubbish items.
  3. There will be three prize draws, one for individuals, one for citizen groups and one for corporate groups.
  4. Your information will not be shared with any other third parties outside of Jersey Marine Conservation.
  5. You are under no obligation to accept the prize should you only be interested in conducting surveys and not being entered into the draw. In the event of this happening, the draw will be conducted again.
  6. These Terms and Conditions govern the Competition. All other information provided prior to entering the Competition including, without limitation, the route to entry for the Competition and the rules of the Competition, form part of these Terms and Conditions.
  7. The Competition will run from 02nd June 2022, to midnight 29 September 2022. Therefore the closing date for entries is 23:59 GMT 29 September 2022.
  8. Participants must enter their details fully on the app. If under 18, permission must be obtained from a parent or guardian before entering the competition.
  9. The young person or, if under 18, the young person’s parent or guardian, accepts all these terms and conditions by entering the competition. By entering the competition, entrants confirm that they have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, and by the decisions of Jersey Marine Conservation, which are final in all matters relating to the competition. Any breach of these terms and conditions will result in the forfeiture of the prize. No correspondence will be entered into.
  10. Group sizes are limited to five participants, organisations may enter as many groups as they like.
  11. School groups are welcome to enter as a whole class or break the class down into smaller teams.