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CITiZAN, the Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeological Network, highlights the threat to a wealth of coastal and estuarine sites, most of which have no statutory protection. These archaeological features encompass a long time span – from prehistoric forests and settlements to Roman forts and villas to 19th-century ship-breaking yards full of abandoned boats, barges and ships, many of which are of considerable local and national significance. We are establishing an infrastructure and network of volunteers with the skills, commitment and support to record, monitor and promote the significant, fragile and threatened archaeological sites around England’s coast and on the foreshores of our tidal estuaries. Our researchers will be working with CITiZAN at Orford Ness, Suffolk, in a community training event in July 2016, and subsequent monitoring session(s) to report on whether locals’ attitudes towards heritage have changed over the duration of the project.