Explore the shore after New Year storms

Richard Harrington By: Richard Harrington
Date posted: 15 January 2014

Explore the shore after New Year storms We’ve been experiencing some pretty stormy weather lately here in the UK, with strong winds, big waves and high spring tides at the coast.

Explore the shore after New Year storms We’ve been experiencing some pretty stormy weather lately here in the UK, with strong winds, big waves and high spring tides at the coast. Not to mention a lot of rain, causing problems for people and homes. This turbulent weather, lasting from before Christmas 2013 and well into the new year has mostly come from a westerly direction. So, all sorts of man-made and natural material, plus some pretty unusual and rare wildlife is washing up on our shores - some of it from way out in the Atlantic. Latest spot: Red band fish (right) found on Seaton beach, Devon, by John Ramsey (5th February 2014) When the weather is calmer, and you get the chance to safely get out on the beach - here are some things you can do: Look out for stranded wildlife We’ve had reports of several turtles, all of which so far have been found dead. The image below shows one found in Carmerthenshire recently (and you can read more about this find here). If you come across one that may still be alive, it is important not to return it to the water, but to contact someone who can help - details for each UK area are listed on our turtle code. If you come across other live animals such as injured birds, stranded dolphins or porpoises, or seals, these should be reported to the RSPCA or BDMLR (contact details are on the Turtle code, too). We’ve also seen large numbers of starfishes, clams, razorshells and other animals more usually found on the seabed or out at sea. We’d love to hear from you if you come across these stranding events - through our online contact form, or through Facebook or Twitter. Pick up rubbish A huge amount of rubbish has washed up on beaches everywhere, but especially on western and southern coasts. This photo was taken on Chesil beach, Dorset, during a beachclean by volunteers with Underwater Explorers. MCS staff and volunteers have just cleaned up Sand Bay beach, Somerset and we’re at Cramond beach, Firth of Forth, on Saturday (18th Jan). You can find out more about beachcleaning here. Take photos What have you seen on your beach? As ever, we really do like to see your photos of beach scenes - so please get snapping and send the results through! Please be especially careful on the beach and at the coast - but when conditions are calm, enjoy your time on the beach!

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