We then carried out a walkover survey - basically a rockpool ramble where we recorded everything we found using cameras and filling in a Shoresearch walkover form. A rocky gully full of large slates was probably the most productive area. Each slate was home to many different species of crab and other crustaceans and there was a huge diversity of seaweeds. there are many large shallow pools some over run by wire weed but many home to high diversity of species including rainbow wrack and ceramium, false irish moss Mastocarpus stellatus and irish moss.
Higher level pools were full of Bifurcaris bifurcata (tuning fork seaweed), and home to Montagus blennies and a butter fish - to slippery to photograph. Jake waded out to a nice overhanging rock which was home to Bugula plumosa and cowries.
It was great that volunteers came from all over corwnall including John Meakin from Looe, Jane Wiltshire and Sarah Stevens from Polzeath, Jake from Hayle and new recruits Bettina and Andrew from Padstow and Alex from Falmouth. It is a great shore and was another great survey! Next ones are coming up in September when we have a week of surveys at all of Cornwalls VMCAs!
Here are some highlights in photos!
|Shoresearch survey in action!|
|Typical welcome from the local velvet crabs!|
|Lots of beautiful brittle stars|
|Pool full of tuning-fork weed Bifurcaria bifurcata|
|Jake with his head in a cave|
|Nice find - a tompot blenny well done Jake!|
|Strange Ascidian found beneath a a rock - probably Botrylloides leachii|
|Beautiful coral weed- Corralina elongata|
|Jania rubens growing on Cladostephus spongiosus - hairy sand weed|
|another great brittle star|
|Snail trails in the sand! Osilinus lineatus - the toothed or thick topshell|
|Isopod Dynamena bidentata|