Rare Strandline Spider

Our on going research on beach strandline ecology has turned up another rare species .

2 Mournful Spiders , Gnophosa lugubris  were found in a sample of strandline material taken from Kimmeridge bay Dorset , they were extracted using a home made Berlese funnel , where light and heat are introduced to the rotten seaweed and sand , the animals within making their way to the bottom of the substrate , and falling out of a funnel into a pot .

This species is a Notable A , and listed as scare , proving the importance of strandline weed and debris on beaches , also a new record for Kimmeridge bay in Dorset .

Armadillidium album

As part of our on going research for our book, The Essential Guide To Beachcombing And The Strandline http://www.wildnaturepress.com/our-titles/essential-guide-beachcombing-strandline/, we visited Dawlish warren in Devon today to look for the scarce strandline Woodlouse Armadillidium album , they have evolved to live on sandy beaches under lumps of driftwood , their decline may be due to mechanical beach cleaning and removal of too much driftwood from beaches , the site at Dawlish has a bylaw in place stopping the removal of driftwood , and appears to have a healthy population of this little beach Woodlouse .

Giant Barrel Jellyfish Chesil beach

April 2015 , large Barrel Jellyfish Rhizostoma pulmo have started to appear off the Dorset coast , unlike last year , most have been seen in the water as opposed to stranded on beaches , I photographed this specimen on the 15th , over a Meter long , at Chesil cove Portland , I also managed to shoot some short clips on my Gopro camera https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I907SKGeFeU

Beachcombing book

My Wife Julie Hatcher, and myself are in the process of writing a book on beachcombing and beach strandline habitats , the Essential Guide To Beachcombing And Strandlines will cover the British coast and surrounding isles , due for release in September 2015 , published by Wild Nature Press .

We have tried to answer the questions of what is the object ?, and where or what did it come from ?, sometimes it may be the remains of a marine animal , other objects include litter and debris from man made sources , often from as far away as the Caribbean or North coast of America , all have a tale to tell , and can offer a fascinating insight into the underwater World and the workings of Ocean currents .

The beach strandline is also an important habitat and feeding station for many species , tiny Insects amongst the rotting seaweed attract small Mammals, and Birds , the composting process also helps fuel seashore plants and dunes , protecting the coastline from erosion , often understudied and overlooked , we hope that readers will learn the importance of the beach strandline .