Tag Archive for 'Guernsey sea shore'

Common whelk ‘sea wash balls’ on the Guernsey shore

April 30th, 2013 by Richard Lord

A litter pick-up on the sea shore of Champ Rouget, on the path north of the Chouet tea rooms, Vale found eight ‘sea wash balls‘ from the common whelk, Buccinum undatum, three ray (rajidae) mermaid’s purses (egg case), and one cuttlebone from Sepia officinalis. A similar beach clean on the same stretch of shore on […]

Beachcombing discoveries on Bailiwick of Guernsey sea shores

March 4th, 2013 by Melanie Broadhurst

Exploring the strand-lines of the intertidal shore provides an excellent insight into the rich marine life of the islands of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Strand-lines occur at the upper-most part of the sea shore, which marks the very edge of the sea. A variety of marine life debris is left behind from each incoming tide, […]

Ellie Harrison of BBC’s Countryfile goes ormering around Lihou Island

January 27th, 2012 by Richard Lord

BBC One’s Countryfile came to Guernsey in early January 2012 to film island life. Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison searched the intertidal area around Lihou Island off Guernsey’s west coast for the ormer, Haliotis tuberculata, which is a large marine snail that is a culinary delicacy.

Worm spawning time on Guernsey’s beaches

March 10th, 2011 by Richard Lord

If you walk down a Guernsey beach in early March to the edge of the sea on a low spring tide you may see lots of balls of jelly attached to the sand.  These marble-sized blobs of jelly are the egg cocoons of a polychaete worm, Scoloplos armiger. The worms synchronise the laying of gelatinous […]