Mesentotoma dollfusi

During a recent beach strandline survey at Ringstead bay Dorset , some tiny Springtails were discovered in the pitfall traps .

They were sent to Dr Peter Shaw, who identified them as the scarce coastal Springtail Mesentotoma dollfusi , a new species record for the county of Dorset .

I have now found them at two other Dorset sites , Chesil beach , while surveying for Scaly Crickets , and now Peveril point Swanage , under stones .

Exciting to know that Dorset has a thriving population of this rare animal .

Beachcombing guided walk

13th August 2016

Myself and Julie ran a beachcombing event at Hengistbury head Dorset , the event was fully booked , and the weather was glorious , with around twenty members of the public wanting to learn more about some of the treasures cast onto the beach .

Conditions had been calm , so we were limited to seaweeds, Cuttlefish bones , and only one mermaids purse , however , we took our box of props and other exciting finds along, to show what can be found .

After the walk , we signed copies of The Essential Guide To Beachcombing And The Strandline , for those who wanted to learn more

Kewochthonius halberti

During a recent beach strandline survey near Kimmeridge Dorset , a very rare and elusive Pseudoscorpion turned up under a boulder at the top of the beach .

Kewochthonius halberti hasn't been seen in the UK since the 1920's , only being recorded from one site in Devon , its rediscovery once again highlights the need to study and protect our coastal ecosystems such as beach strandlines and boulder fields .

At 1.5mm it is an easy animal to overlook , however , our aim is too revisit the site and access the population of this extremely rare Pheudoscorpion , and examine other suitable sites where it may live .

Eurynebria complanata

11th June 2016 , we visited Whiteford sands on the Gower peninsula south Wales in the hope of seeing the rare Beachcomber Beetle Eurynebria complanata .

Previous visits had only turned up a handful of this species , so we were astonished to see around 150 along the beach surveyed , all were living under lumps of driftwood , often in groups of 30 plus specimens .

However , the site has degraded since our last visit , much of the driftwood has ended up on beach fires , and the beach was covered in the tyre tracks of four wheel drives and quad bikes , these appear to be teams of shellfish collectors working out on the mudflats at low water .

Much of the fordune has eroded , leaving exposed dunes with Marram roots hanging from the once text book dune , many plants such as Sea Holly have declined , along with the array of Dragonflies , Beetles and other Insects that once lived there .