New Welsh record

April 2017

A visit to Gower south Wales turned up a new Welsh species , the scarce coastal Springtail Mesentotoma dollfusi .

Living under rocks at the top of the shore , and only a few mm long , its easy to see why these animals are so under recorded , however , it highlights the diversity of beach strandlines and upper shore habitats .

The animals were found at the northern end of Rhossili beach , in a small corner of the beach where the dunes end and the rocky shore begins .



The Essential Guide To Rockpooling

We have started working on our new book , The Essential Guide To Rockpooling , Wild Nature Press .

After decades of traveling the British Isles , and rockpooling since we were children , we have decided to put together a publication completely devoted to the pastime of rockpooling .

It will cover the varied habitats of pools and rocky shores are the British Isles , high quality images along with illustrations will enable readers to identify and learn about their finds , along with hints and tips on how to enhance your trip to the seashore .


In The Company Of Seahorses

We are putting the finishing touches to our latest publication , In The Company Of Seahorses , Wild Nature Press .

Julie and I have spent nearly a decade diving with Seahorses in UK waters , studying their unique behaviour , the habitats they are found in , and the other species they share this underwater realm with .

The book describes our experiences , along with an array of high quality colour photographs and illustrations describing these enigmatic creatures , we also cover the day to day threats they face both and home , and across the World


New UK Mite

18/12/16 I collected a sample of beach strandline material from Lake beach Poole harbour , and placed it in a Tullgren funnel overnight .

On closer inspection I noticed some tiny Mites among the Springtails and other insects , the Mites were sent to Matthew Shepherd for ID , and some turned out to be a new species for the UK , Dorycranosus splendens , one of the Liacaridae group ,  described as living in warm dry soils in Spain and Portugal .

Its possible this population has gone unrecorded due to their size and habitat .