Between the Tides" ANDY
HORTON, founder member of the British Marine
Life Study Society, introduced the fascinating world revealed at low
tide, how to enjoy a visit to a rocky shore,
the biology and behaviour of some of the most interesting examples of the
British fauna, concentrating on what can be discovered between the tides
on the Sussex coast. Andy is a freelance writer and photographer with a
specialist interest of the seashore around the British Isles, writing regular
monthly articles for the "Aquarist & Pondkeeper" magazine until it
ceased in 2000. He was editor of Glaucus, Shorewatch,
now replaced by the Torpedo News Bulletin, as
well as consultant for seashore books.
inclement month drew to a close with a brief spell of weak sunshine with
my first bumblebee
of the year, a Buff-tailed Bumblebee
visited Lesser Celandine
on a verge outside the Health Centre in Steyning. It was joined by a male
small House Spider, Eratigena
atrica, found indoors was my first
of the year.
first Common Frog Spawn is seen in
blew throughout the day and for a large part of the daylight hours it was
9 even reaching a steady 65.6
mph (Violent Storm Force 11)
gusting to 67.4 mph with
some very alarming sudden gusts. The wind direction was WSW but sudden
gusts could blew from other directions. These wind speeds were recorded
by the more exposed Shoreham
Beach Weather Station but even Shoreham
Met Office recorded gusts to 61 mph (Force
10). The lowest was Gale
Force 8 during the daylight.
Gale Force 9
waves; seas begins to roll; dense streaks of foam; spray may reduce visibility.
high waves with overhanging crests; sea takes white appearance as foam
is blown in very dense streaks; rolling is heavy and visibility is reduced.
gave the maximum wave height at 5.6 metres.
At the time of the photograph it was at 5.4
Owl finally made an appearance over the
saltings near New Salts Farm, swopping low over the reed beds just before
sunset. This time it outshone the male
perched on some telephone wires. The owl
was mobbed at time by a Herring Gull,
flushing it and making the view livelier. The flooded stream that runs
through the now fenced in open land hosted at least two Coots
and at least two Moorhens.
Beach Weather Station
Nature Notes 2013