A TEAM of archaeologists and local volunteers are producing a permanent record of ‘at risk’ heritage sites around Morecambe Bay before they are lost to the sea.

Coastal archaeological sites around the bay have been identified as being under imminent threat of erosion.

Now Morecambe Bay’s sites are leading the way nationally by becoming some of the first in the UK to be recorded as part of the national CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network) project.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Morecambe Bay Partnership and CITiZAN will be running a series of projects and training workshops to give volunteers the skills to work safely to identify and record the sites.

Ancient fish traps, boat wrecks, old jetties, and military installations bear testament to the continued use and defence of the rich resources situated around Morecambe Bay.

However, many of these sites have never been properly investigated or recorded. The shifting sands and tides of the Bay mean that these sites are under constant threat from coastal changes/erosion and urgent action is required before any further information is lost to the sea.

Members of the public are invited to join Morecambe Bay Partnership and the team from CITiZAN on the mornings of June 19 and June 20 to help make a permanent record of the intriguing archaeological remains situated at Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale.

Demonstrations by the archaeological team will show how the application of GPS, Total Station, mobile application technology is used to record archaeological sites, accompanied by traditional hand-drawn survey techniques.

Participants will then have the chance to have a go and help to make a permanent record of this important but poorly understood site.

Louise Martin Cultural Heritage Officer at Morecambe Bay Partnership said: ‘This is a great opportunity to see the work of an archaeologist and help us start recording one of the most iconic sites in Morecambe Bay.

“We are really excited to welcome the team from CITiZAN to Morecambe Bay and pleased that Morecambe Bay’s heritage has been recognised as being of national importance.”

To book a place go to www.morecambebay.org.uk/events.