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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:53 am

Hi Everyone,

Sorry I haven't posted for a while - I've been away travelling...

My latest blog post is about our twin town in France, Quiberon, where we found a home-from-home (and some fabulous hermit crabs) before heading home for more rock pooling back in Looe.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/11/02 ... -brittany/

I'm looking forward to catching up on everyone else's blogs.

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:23 pm

Hi everyone,

It'll be three years next week that my local patch was designated a Marine Conservation Zone - and now I'm hoping that we can add some more species to the designation. In particular there are rare stalked jellyfish that we see frequently in the area that aren't included in the MCZ features.

So this week, Cornish Rockpools Junior and I headed for the beach on a quest to record stalked jellyfish and hit a new personal best.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/11/17 ... h-mission/

Have a great week everyone,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:19 pm

Hi Everyone,

The tides and weather have been against me the last couple of weeks, so I've turned my thoughts to sharing the love of rockpooling.... my volunteering diary's filling up with family events and I've been working on a series of guides to common rockpool species for the website that goes with my blog.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/12/12 ... ckpooling/

Hop across to the 'Wildlife' section of my website if you'd like to know more about identifying common crabs, starfish and fish of the Cornish shores.

Have a great week and a wonderful Christmas,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:13 pm

Hi everyone,

December's not often an easy time for rockpoolers - good tides, mild weather and calm conditions don't often coincide around Christmas. Amazingly, today was one of those rare winter days with ideal conditions. Perfect for my Stalked jellyfish survey with Natural England.

We found 26 stalked jellyfish - quite a record. There were also some other beautifully festive sights in the rock pools.

Anemones, fish and some walking seaweed feature in today's post.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/12/16 ... g-in-looe/

Happy Christmas everyone,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:39 am

Hi everyone,

I hope you're having a great festive season. I've been reflecting on the year this week, and my blog is a set of highlights from the rockpools in 2016.

I've also included a video of my best Christmas present - on boxing day I was hugely excited to see a chough on Mawgan Porth beach. When I was growing up here, we learned about the chough & its demise at school. It was locally extinct with no sign of a return. Now, thanks to a reintroduction programme, the choughs are coming back slowly but surely.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2016/12/27 ... ock-pools/

Happy New Year everyone,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:43 pm

Hi Everyone,

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/

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:41 pm

Hello everyone,

It's been very cold on the beach the last couple of weeks, but finally the sun broke through and revealed heaps of shells. So this week's blog is on one of my favourite passtimes - shell collecting.

https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/01/28 ... ooe-beach/

Have a great week,

Heather
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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:44 pm

Hi everyone,

You might think it's too wet for rockpooling this week - but my son had other ideas. On Monday we headed for a remote bay with a picnic. Even though the tides weren't particularly brilliant, we found an amazing variety of starfish, urchins, sea slugs, crabs and even a stalked jellyfish.

Here's this week's blog: Port Nadler in the Fog https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/02/01 ... n-the-fog/

Have a great week everyone - try not to get blown away!

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Feb 10, 2017 6:01 pm

Hi everyone,

It's half term here in Cornwall this week and it's starting with some great tides. I'll also be running a rockpooling event with Looe Marine Conservation Group on Wednesday and can't wait to see what we find.

This week's blog post is a tool kit for anyone going rock pooling in Cornwall this week... https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/02/10 ... -cornwall/

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Re: Cornish Rock Pools

Postby CornishRockPools » Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:47 am

Hi everyone,

It's been an amazing week here in the Cornish rock pools. My son - Cornish Rock Pools junior - found 26 rare stalked jellyfish in a new site we surveyed as a family in the Looe and Whitsand Bay Marine Conservation Zone - they're the first ever records for that part of the zone, so he's telling everyone about his 'world record'. (Scroll down on my blog to read about that day).

Then we visited a different part of Cornwall and I had an exciting encounter with a huge lobster! :shock:

Read about it on my blog here https://cornishrockpools.com/2017/02/16 ... ter-world/

Have a great week everyone,

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