Discovering treasures on the beach
IN these first weeks of the new year many of us will be looking to work off some of the excesses of Christmas feasting and inactivity.
Now is the time when bright winter days make a walk along the beach seem not only a pleasant but a healthy thing to do.
The rough weather battering the coast in January often also brings in lots of flotsam and jetsom on our beaches, so a walk along the sands of Exmouth or Dawlish Warren, for example, can lead to some fascinating wildlife finds.
The strandlines of these beaches – the place where the turning tide leaves its deposits of seaweeds, natural debris and human rubbish – is the place to explore. You should find yourself sharing this space with a host of other creatures. The strandline is an ideal habitat for invertebrates such as sand hoppers and seaweed flies. These mini-beasts will scatter beneath your footsteps drawing the attention of some bigger animals. Several species of bird regularly scavenge the strandline looking for an easy meal. Often the most common of these birds is the turnstone, a year-round resident of Devon's coast. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll find other rewards. Search through the strandline and you'll uncover all manner of interesting objects, including the egg cases of sharks and rays, often known by the charming name "mermaids' purses". Another common find are the bleached white surfboard-shaped discs, the last remains of cuttlefish which will spent their time patrolling the bottom of ocean.
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The wealth of finds along our strandline is a reminder of just how fascinating and beautiful our marine wildlife is. So important is this life beneath the waves that the Government is now asking people to contribute their views on a proposal to offer the marine environment better protection. By establishing a network of Marine Conservation Zones around Devon and the wider UK this wildlife could face a brighter future. You can have your say at www.devonwildlifetrust.org, just hit the "Protect our seas" button.