If you were to ask almost anyone what we do here at Wembury they’d say rockpooling, rockpooling rockpooling! Yes we do rockpool a lot but that’s not all we do! The tide is only any good for that half of the time so what do we do when the tide is in?
STREAM DIPPING is one of the activities we offer. We’ve been in and out of the meadow stream, looking at all the creepy crawlies we can find. The majority of what lives in the stream is tiny and we need to look really hard for it. Using a special net you can scuff up the mud at the bottom and all the bugs that have been hiding wash out. We’ve found mayfly nymphs, leaches, caddis flies and beetle larvae. Every now and then we also find small eels and trout! All our stream dipping is done for the year but look out for it again come spring and if you really want to give it a go Devon Wildlife Trust do it in other locations too! http://www.devonwildlifetrust.org/whats-on
PLANT WANDERS are another of the activities that we do here at Wembury. Wembury hosts an array of specialist plants that like to grow in sand and at the base of cliffs – they don’t mind the salt or the wind too much so can survive some pretty harsh conditions. Sea holly is one such specialist – gorgeous to look at whether in flower or not. Did you know that the Elizabethans thought they were an aphrodisiac? The flowers are starting to die off now so for one last chance to catch them this summer join us on Sunday 28th August for one final chance to discover Wembury’s awesome plant life! http://www.wemburymarinecentre.org/events/discover-wembury-coastal-plant-wander-2/
STRANDLINE SURVEYS are a brilliant way to find out what lives in the deep sea where even snorkelling we might miss it! The strandline is the area on the beach where the sea washed up bits of loose seaweed and other items and deposits them on the shore. The strandline is very important for seabirds who feed off the bugs that eat the decomposing seaweed. Did you know hedgehogs have also been found feeding on the strandline? We find all sorts of interesting things such as mermaids purses, whelk eggs, crab shells and cuttlefish bones. Our next guided strandline search is Saturday 22nd October http://www.wemburymarinecentre.org/events/strandline-search-2/
BEACH CLEANS are an important way of keeping our marine environment clear of debris – so much of it is washed in from the sea and comes from storm drains in land, not everything on our beaches was left there! We have a dedicated marine conservation day on Saturday 27th August and a joint beach clean with the National Trust on Sunday 18th September. http://www.wemburymarinecentre.org/events/sea-around-us-free-marine-conservation-beach-day/ http://www.wemburymarinecentre.org/events/wembury-beach-clean/
So there you have it, just a handful of things that we get up to when the tide is in! Check out our events page and our Facebook for more information on things you can get involved with.