Fortunately on Sunday morning we woke to the first sunny day of the year (more or less) and we had a cracking time down on the shore at Spit beach near Par!
It was great to have such a good turnout of lovely people all keen to learn and to gain the skills needed to share their enthusiasm with the public.A total of 22 volunteers took part and they traveled from all over the county, from Polzeath, Fowey, Looe, St Agnes, the Roseland and we also had sevenlocals who are members of the Friends of Par beach. After a couple of slideshows held in Gott hall we walked down (though the floods) to the beach which is right next to Par Docks.
|GPS proof that these rare colonies exist!|
|Honeycomb worm colony closeup, Matt Slater|
The shore is very unusual with very few mussels and a large covering of pepper dulse Osmundia pinnatifida over the rocks.
|Pepper dulse carpeting rocks, Matt Slater|
Volcano barnacles - Balanus perforatus are very common on this site.
|Volcano barnacles Balanus perforatus, Matt Slater|
|Cystoseira tamariscifolia Rainbow wrack (photo Matt Slater )|
|Snakelocks anemone Photo by Margaret Gardner|
There were countless hermit crabs Pagurus bernhardus, daisy anemones, snakelocks, strawberries and beadlet anemones.
We also found a young sea hare - Aplysisa punctata, and a sheep sea slug Aeolida papillosa.
It was great to see large numbers of freshly laid dog whelk eggs! and so many signs of the coming spring on such a beautiful day (amongst such heavy storms!) Including a small spotted sea hare Aplysia punctata.
Thanks to all who came along and I hope to see you at the next surveys!