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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:12 pm

Hello,

I tried out a new online recording system this week. Suddenly writing records up is less tedious. :D My post this week is all about how and why records are really important for our rockpool wildlife.

http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/04/01/ ... than-ever/

Of course, this doesn't just apply to Cornwall or to marine wildlife - unless we know what's out there and how it's changing it's hard look after wildlife properly (and even harder to get funding for conservation).

If anyone else is in Cornwall, check out the new ORKS system - it really is easy and quick.

Happy recording,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Wed Apr 08, 2015 6:30 pm

Hi everyone,

I hope it's as sunny where you are as it's been here this week. The warm weather has given me a chance to slow down and take the time to stare into the rock pools and I've made some exciting discoveries.

http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/04/08/ ... nto-pools/

I found my favourite starfish species at my local beach for the first time, made the first record of a stalked jelly at that beach and even got a slight tan. :D

Wonderful! Have a great week everyone.

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Apr 18, 2015 6:47 am

It's been an interesting week in Cornish waters. Unusually plankton-rich warm currents are bringing in species that we wouldn't normally see until later in the year: barrel jellyfish, basking sharks, etc. I also found my first sea fan skeleton washed up on a beach.

Here's my latest post: http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/04/17/ ... nish-seas/

As always, I'm looking forward to the big spring tides this weekend and hoping to find some unusual species. I'm taking a big group of kids out to introduce them to the rock pools today - wish me luck!

Thanks for reading,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Mon Apr 20, 2015 5:48 pm

I visited a rather different kind of rock pool this week - one with deep red sludge at the bottom of it and not a marine invertebrate in sight. There are huge numbers of abandoned mines all over Cornwall and quite a few, like this one, open onto beaches.

http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/04/20/ ... gan-porth/

It was lovely to see the spring coastal flowers against the red, iron-rich stream flowing down the cliff-side. It was also very special to introduce my son to a place that fascinated me as a child. :D

Heather

- By the way, in case anyone's wondering, we didn't go into the mine... never safe to do!
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Mon May 04, 2015 1:59 pm

Hello everyone,

My new camera arrived - the old one finally reached its limit of being dropped, dunked in salt water and smeared in sand. I took it for a little test-splash at Castle Beach, Falmouth and I was very pleased with the results.

http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/05/04/ ... ew-camera/

Finally, I have a macro that works. :D

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Wed May 06, 2015 2:55 pm

Hi Everyone,

Undeterred by some very traditional British bank holiday weather on Monday we went for a picnic on the beach... not many others there. :lol:

Conditions are pretty murky and churned up after the rain and winds we've had, but we found lots of crabs, anemones and stunning starfish toughing it out in the pools.

http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/05/06/ ... ch-picnic/

I'm looking forward to exploring some new beaches over the next few weeks so watch this space. Thanks for reading. :)

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri May 22, 2015 7:29 am

Hi Everyone,

Visiting a new beach is always fascinating - each one is so different - but this little cove between Falmouth bay and the Helford was one of the best I've found and I met some keen rockpoolers too.

This week's blog has been a challenge as I just couldn't fit everything in, so I've concentrated on the highlights: the small-spotted catshark (dogfish); the tiny jellies produced by animals that live on the seaweed and the large goby that might just be a giant.

http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/05/22/ ... ock-pools/

Thanks for reading. If you find interesting things on the shore in Cornwall or anywhere else, I'd love to hear about them.

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat May 30, 2015 3:56 pm

The Summer's here! Well, it's not exactly hot yet, but the first of the summer rockpool rambles here in Looe took place this morning and was fabulous. Lots of children coming face to face with big spider crabs for the first time. :shock: :lol:

We made some unusual finds too - our brilliant rockpooling vicar found a rare stalked jellyfish (Lucernariopsis cruxmelitensis) and we also came across a transparent jelly - possibly a crystal jellyfish (Aequorea sp.).

Read all about it here:
http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/05/30/ ... he-summer/

Organised rockpooling sessions are a great way to discover new rockpool creatures - worth looking up dates if you're going to the beach this summer. :)

Let me know where you like rockpooling and if you've found anything interesting.

Thanks for reading,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:07 pm

Cornish Rock Pools junior is loving the Wildlife Trusts' 30 Days Wild challenge. We made a video of his first day. We went for big walk to one of our local beaches in a raging gale. He danced in the rain, saw snails and flowers along the way, ate wild strawberries and spotted a giant barrel jellyfish at the edge of the surf amongst other things.

Here's the link:
http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/06/02/ ... first-day/

Have a wild weekend everyone.

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sun Jul 19, 2015 2:15 pm

Hi everyone,

Sorry I've been offline this last month. It's shaping up to be a great summer here in Cornwall and my latest blog post is for anyone heading down here during the holidays. There are loads of marine events on, suitable for all ages and they're the perfect way to meet an amazing range of wildlife and learn about them. Here's my list of everything that's on.
http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/07/19/ ... is-summer/

I'll be getting out myself and exploring some new beaches and favourite haunts over the next few weeks. I think it's also time to see how my new camera gets on with snorkelling...

Thanks as always for reading,

Heather
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