Beach strandlines

Guest blogger: Steve Trewhella, wildlife photographer and marine specialist

My work on beach strandlines stems from my love of beachcombing, going onto a beach after a storm is a natural high for me. For some our only chance to observe exotic species such as goose barnacles and the Portuguese man o' war is when the winds and tides deposit them on our beaches.

by Steve Trewhella

When you take the time to observe flotsam on the shore, you realise it's a valued wildlife habitat. Birds and bats spend time foraging the piles of rotting seaweed for sandhoppers and / or seaweed flies. Shrews and other small rodents feed on pupae and insects, and badgers and foxes also use the beach to search for the remains of birds and marine mammals.

by Steve Trewhella

Unfortunately our love affair with single use plastics has resulted in untold amounts litter ending up on our strandlines, this is not only unsightly, it can be of great danger to wildlife too. As a result many beaches are cleaned with tractors, to remove litter, but natural debris and habitat are also being lost as a result. This can impact on both animals and sand dunes which need the organic input for pioneering plants that stabilize the developing dunes.

by Steve Trewhella

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