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Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:39 pm

Hi everyone,

Cornish Rock Pools is for everyone who loves Cornwall's coast. I'll be posting about marine wildlife, beaches and conservation. Here's the site: http://cornishrockpools.com/blog/

There are so many fantastic blogs on here - I'm very excited to be part of the project.

I'll add the links for each new post below. :D

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby Ben Hoare » Thu Feb 05, 2015 3:11 pm

CornishRockPools wrote:Hi everyone,

Cornish Rock Pools is for everyone who loves Cornwall's coast. I'll be posting about marine wildlife, beaches and conservation. Here's the site: http://cornishrockpools.com/blog/

There are so many fantastic blogs on here - I'm very excited to be part of the project.

I'll add the links for each new post below. :D

Heather Buttivant


Hi Heather

We've chatted before! Really like your rockpool pics.

On marine plastic litter, I was intrigued by the shelter you photographed on Scilly. A few years ago there was something a little similar on the coast near me at Lilstock in Somerset...

See here http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-lilstock-beach-hut-started-off-as-a-protest-to-marine-plastic-rubbish-33039036.html

It's long gone, but was quite a colourful part of that stretch of coast for a while!

Look forwards to seeing more blogs!

Ben
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:35 pm

Hello Ben,

That shelter looks wonderful. Did you see the boat built from plastic bottles to raise awareness about the issue of marine plastic waste? http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Pla ... story.html

Rame Peninsula Beach Care are now organising a huge collection of bottle tops from the beaches around Cornwall for a new campaign - I picked a bucketful up from one small cove at the weekend.

I'll put my new posts up here as they come. I hope you enjoy them,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sun Feb 08, 2015 11:10 am

Everyone associates rock pooling with the summer, but the shore is teeming with life all year round and the beaches are wonderfully quiet at the moment.

Here's my latest blog post: The Zen Guide to Rockpooling http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/02/08/ ... ckpooling/

I hope it'll inspire you to get down to the shore.

It includes a short video of the crabs, molluscs, prawns and worms of Plaidy (near Looe in SE Cornwall) going about their daily lives.

I hope you enjoy it. If you find anything interesting on the beach or have any questions I'd love to hear from you. :)

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby Seth Burgess » Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:10 pm

Nice video, Heather - not a bad haul of species for a Cornish beach in early February!
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:50 pm

Thanks, Seth. Lots more species will be moving inshore soon for the breeding season and there are some very low spring tides towards the end of next week, so it should be a great half-term for rock-pooling if the weather's good. There have also been exceptional numbers of shark and ray egg cases washing up in parts of north Cornwall this week. I'll add more photos to the blog soon.

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Feb 14, 2015 3:41 pm

A Valentine's Day post for all your rockpool lovers. :) Here's why I'm in love with a rock: http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/02/14/ ... gan-porth/

I grew up at Mawgan Porth and have always loved this spot. It's a wild, exposed coast, so it's wonderful when you find sheltered wildlife havens like this rock. It's teeming with sponges, mussels, dog whelks, anemone and there are animals hiding in every hole.

I hope you enjoy it.

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:22 pm

Hello everyone,

It's been an amazing week here in the Cornish rock pools with some exceptionally low tides.

For the first time ever, I had a close encounter with a metre-long shark in the shallows. Video and pics in this week's blog post. http://cornishrockpools.com/2015/02/22/ ... -cornwall/

I'm sure you all know the feeling of coming face to face with an exceptional wild animal. Awesome!

It was a Scyliorhinus stellaris, the larger of the two cat shark species that come inshore here. It's often known as the nursehound or bull huss. They lay their eggs on the shore. Beautiful animals and not at all aggressive, so no need to cancel your summer rockpooling holidays. :D

I'll post again soon with some of the other wonderful creatures I found this week.

Thanks for reading,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby SCroxford » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:15 pm

Heather,
Great post and what an amazing discovery. Bug Mad Girl and I love rock pooling, but only get the chance to have a go a couple of times a year. We've never seen anything quite as dramatic as that though!
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:32 pm

Thanks, Sue. It was a shame my little boy was the other end of the beach and didn't see the shark - but I think he'd have leapt into my arms and made it even harder than it already was to take photos and video with my frozen fingers. Let me know what you and Bug Mad Girl find on your rockpooling expeditions this year.
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