Volunteers are needed to help identify coastal archaeology sites affected by erosion in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.

The national park authority is taking part in a project called Arfordir, which means ‘coastline’, with Dyfed Archaeological Trust and Cadw. James Meek, from Dyfed Archaeological Trust, said: “The day-to-day action of the sea, like the changing tides, affects our coastal archaeology. But climate change and rises in sea level will increase the risks of flooding and coastal erosion. “What we’d like to do is find out a bit more about what these alterations are to our coastal heritage and to record and understand them better.”

Two events are being held in Pembrokeshire for people to find out how they can get involved: Tonight (Wednesday) June 10th, at Fishguard Market Hall at 6.30pm and Wednesday June 17th, at Lamphey church hall at 6.30pm.

National Park archaeologist Polly Groom added: “We do have some sites in mind, such as Abermawr, where we know there is a lot of coastal erosion occurring very quickly because of the kind of geology there.

“But we also want people to tell us about sites we don’t know about yet. Hundreds of people are out on the coast all the time – walking their dogs, riding their horses or taking their families out – and they’re the best people to spot things that we wouldn’t otherwise see.”

Professional archaeologists will train volunteers to identify and record archaeological sites, and to monitor their condition over time. There will also be opportunities for follow-up work on particularly threatened sites.

To find out more, contact Polly Groom on 0845 345 7275. In Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion, contact James Meek on 01558 825980.