were spotted in flower on a grass verge
near Buckingham Park.
only wild flowers noted were Dandelion,
Common Daisy and Nipplewort.
anatifera, have been washed ashore
in Dorset in the last few months and now the first strandings of the year
were found on Shoreham Beach, Sussex, left
by the recent high spring tides, washed ashore
attacked to floating objects, a small boat fender and on two bottles. The
Barnacles were probably alive when left on
the strandline with the usual wracks,
shells, Mermaid's Purses,
etc., but died, or were dying (after ten minutes waiting for one or two
the filamentous cirri
or feeding tentacles to be seen moving), after being left high and dry
out of the water.
Barnacles are a widespread large pelagic
found attached to objects by their long stalk or peduncle in warmer seas
than around Britain and most likely have been blown on floating objects
across the Atlantic Ocean from the seas around the south-eastern United
States of America.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013