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Useful Apps

Here is some more information about the apps that I use

Tides Near Me

This app allows me to quickly and easily check the tide times before I head to the beach. It's always a good idea to know what the tide is doing. When it is high here, there are areas where it comes right up to the pathways, when it is very low you can walk out ot the sandbars.
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Met Office

The Met Office app is always helpful for checking out the weather before heading out. It also shows the sunrise and sunset times, UV forecast and air pollution - all of which help you prepare for walking, particularly if, like me, you burn instantly on exposure to sun and suffer with allergies!!

Open Litter Map

Open Litter Map is what I use to track all the rubbish that I collect. I tend to use the website but there are now apps available for both Android and iPhone. Everything is uploaded and tagged with keywords. I started geo-tagging from January 2019, and I have uploaded all my finds to this map. The benefit of this app is that I can upload restrospectively and in bulk so it doesn't need me to be on the beach with a signal

As the name suggests, the data is completely open and available for anyone to freely access and use.

Have a look at our area here, at the moment I think I'm the only one tagging in this area so this is all my finds! Christchurch @ OpenLitterMap

I am hoping to create a picture of what our worst problems are locally - although I think we probably already know!
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2MinuteBeachClean

Another litter tracking app from the amazing 2MinuteBeachClean team. I have to confess that I haven't used this one yet. It asks you to check in and submit photos as you go - signal can be hit and miss on the beaches. I will try it out though.

CoastXplore

The CoastXplore app aims to capture how people use the coast. It doesn't take long and can be used every time you visit the beach. I haven't tried it yet but I will on my next visit!
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Think Dirty

This is a brilliant app that allows you to scan your beauty products and see how clean and safe the ingredients are. In the images you can see two products, one is very clean and the other not so much! It's very interesting

I have found that a lot of products that I've used don't exist in the database, but you can submit them for inclusion so over time this should improve.

Other Apps

I have been asked before how I create the images that I share, so here are the apps that I use most frequently:
  • PhotoGrid - I use this to format images into Instagram size and to create collages
  • Add Watermark - I use this to add my handle to all of my images. Maybe that seems a bit precious, does anyone really want any of these photos? Well, maybe not, but at least if they get shared there's a chance the credit will be in place
  • Sand Draw - this is a great little app that I have used a couple of times, allows you to create a picture that looks like you have written in the sand!
  • Poster Maker - I have used this a couple of times for announcement style posts, it's great for laying text over a background