Critters on the coastline

Monday 7th March 2011

Discover shoreline wonders this spring with the latest issue of Wildife Watch

The seashore may not be the first place you think to look for signs of spring, but it holds some of the most exciting clues to the coming season, say The Wildlife Trusts.

In the spring issue of Wildlife Watch magazine sent to junior and family members of The Wildlife Trusts, Nick Baker takes us down to the shoreline to investigate the blobs, sponges and jellies hanging out there. From the lumpsucker fish - a protective parent which can be found guarding its eggs - to the first growths of slimy seaweeds like kelp, there are plenty of surprises to be found.

Sea creatures are getting ready for spring too, the promise of a boom in plankton and seaweeds means it’s the right time for egg laying

For those who can’t get to the seaside, there are tips for exploring freshwater streams, where mayfly and caddisfly larvae wriggle, and crayfish scuttle.

We also get a glimpse into the kitchen of Dr Helen Smith, who raised 4,000 baby fen raft spiders as part of a reintroduction project in East Anglia. Dr Smith shares images showing how she nurtured the spiders ahead of their release onto the Suffolk Wildlife Trust nature reserve at Redgrave and Lopham Fen.

Adam Cormack, Communications Manager for The Wildlife Trusts, said:

“We can all celebrate the return of spring by heading outdoors to enjoy wildlife. Birds are singing and building nests, blossom is on the trees and amphibians are making their way to ponds to breed.

“Sea creatures are getting ready for spring too, the promise of a boom in plankton and seaweeds means it’s the right time for egg laying. Nick Baker’s guide in Wildlife Watch should help beach combers seek out spring treasures, and there are even more tips in Nick’s beachcombing video on the Wildlife Watch Youtube channel www.youtube.com/wildlifewatchuk .”


Wildlife Watch magazine is free to Wildlife Watch members. Each issue comes with a free wildlife poster and is full of wildlife stories, pictures, puzzles and competitions. Members also receive fun-packed folder of wild stuff when they join, and find out about local activities and events. There’s no better way to discover your local wildlife and how you can help to protect it wildlifewatch.org.uk.


Story by RSWT
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Image credit: Rockpool by Anna Guthrie