The Mantis Shrimp – Rissoides desmaresti

The winter storms along the south coast certainly re-profiled many stretches of vulnerable coastline, and the power of the waves, tides and surges stirred up the seabed too. Many marine creatures found themselves dislodged and of particular interest to marine biologists were records of Mantis Shrimp Rissoides desmaresti, washed up on beaches after the gales.…

What an amazing year for gulls

The winter of 2013/2014 will be remembered not only for storms and flooding but also for the variety and numbers of gulls that appeared around the British coasts. For example, during the months of January and February, with a bit of planning it was possible to notch up a dozen species in a day on southern coasts. Many of…