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Barra residents are invited to join citizen-led blue carbon habitat surveying as part of the local Carbon Neutral Islands (CNI) Project. 

The first phase of the Barra project helped identify where blue carbon habitats, including maerl beds, seagrass, kelp, and brittlestar, may exist around the islands. 

Blue carbon is the term in climate change mitigation that refers to carbon captured by the world’s ocean and coastal ecosystems.

Following the initial findings, the next phase is verifying the studies to encourage the protection and expansion of these habitats.

Explains Carbon Neutral Islands - Barra: “This will involve gathering data on the presence and extent of blue carbon habitats surrounding Barra and Vatersay.

“In addition to monitoring marine habitats, we are keen for community members to provide knowledge of the waters around our island, handle data to ensure it heads down the right pathways, and use our experience to verify findings.”

The group is looking for interested community members, whether they are seasoned experts or are hearing about blue carbon for the first time. Resources and training will be provided.

Potential volunteers or those seeking further information are asked to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.