Happy New Year!
I'm more than a bit excited about sharing this week's post. This New Year's Eve, I had met with an amazing man who, on his own initiative, began regularly recording wildlife at Porth Mear beach near Porthcothan. He's done it three time a year since and amassed a wealth of data.
When he began, the Torrey Canyon oil tanker had just sunk, coating most of Cornwall's beaches in oil and decimating wildlife. Next month, it will be 50 years since the disaster and I took part in survey number 150.
Best of all, we were able to record a thriving and growing colony of St Piran's Hermit crabs at the site. These crabs disappeared at the time of the Torrey Canyon disaster and never re-established, the last records being 30 years ago. This year they've come back and my 2016 finished with seeing at least 14 of the crabs. 50 years on, this beach is doing well.https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/01/04 ... -recovery/