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THE LIVING WORLD
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Sunday 06:35-07:00
The Living World is a gentle weekend natural history programme, which aims to broadcast the best, most intimate encounters with British wildlife.
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Listen to 28 March
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BRETT WESTWOOD
Brett Westwood
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Sunday 28 March 2004
rockpool
A rockpool

A Spring Rockpool

Life at the edge of the sea can be tough in late winter with icy winds and pounding seas whipping up the beach. While we might desert our beaches until the summer, the rocky shore-based marine and plant wildlife just have to sit it out. 

Rockpools might appear to provide a haven from the worst of the cold and the storms but these protected pockets are not as comfortable as they might seem. They are like mini worlds with a constantly shifting community of animals and conditions.  A rockpool resident doesn't just have to deal with the cold but extremes of salinity, exposure and oxygenation. 

Brett Westwood discovers how the rockpool dwellers adapt to their constantly changing environment between the tides when he goes on a rockpool ramble to Lee Bay in Devon.  Accompanied by Barbara Haddrill from the Devon Wildlife Trust he comes across some interesting species including the pipe fish which is a relative of the sea horse and sea scorpion, despite resembling a long thin piece of brown seaweed.

The Devon Wildlife Trust run regular rockpool rambles in the summer on both the north and south Devon shores.  
Details can be found on their events page.

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