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28/08/2012

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 28 August 2012

Science and technology magazine. Adam Walton takes a trip to the seaside to explore the science of sand dunes, seagulls and crabs in rock pools.

  • Seaside Science

    As the summer holidays draw to a close, Adam heads for the coast to investigate the science of the seaside. His guide is Kathy James, zoologist and author of the Naturebites blog. As they walk along the shore at Malltraeth on the south-west of Anglesey, Kathy tells Adam about the wide variety of coastal habitats and wildlife on the island and gives him a few tips on recognising different species of shore birds.

     

    One species that none of us have any trouble recognising is the ubiquitous Herring Gull. This opportunistic species is becoming increasingly common in towns and cities across the UK. In Rhos-on-Sea Adam meets Dr. Malcolm Smith, author of Life with Birds: A Story of Mutual Exploitation and asks him why gulls are so good at taking advantage of our changing lifestyles.

     

    We also hear from Andy Byfield from the wild plant conservation charity Plantlife. Andy is involved in a three-year project to conserve Kenfig Burrows near Bridgend, the last remnant of a huge dune system which once stretched right along the coast of Swansea Bay. Dunes provide a unique habitat for a variety of plants and Kenfig is one of the last the last surviving sites to find the rare Fen Orchid.  

     

    Science Cafe producer Jeremy Grange reports from Aberaeron where Dr. Pippa Moore, a biologist from Aberystwyth University has recruited local crabbers as citizen scientists in her investigation of the effects of crabbing in Aberaeron Harbour.

     

    Links

    Naturebites Blog

    Plantlife: Kenfig Dunes

    Pippa Moore's Crabbing Survey

    Malcolm Smith's Blog

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