Kent, Surrey and Sussex Branch - exploring the rock pools
Start/Finish date: 27th September 2012 14:00
Location: Ovingdean beach, three miles east of Brighton
Member Price: £0.00
Non-Member Price: £0.00
Event type: Day Out
CPD information: If you are registered with the Society for CPD and wish to attend this event then please contact David Ware at least 28 days before the event so that we may apply for recognition.
This event has now been cancelled.
On Thursday, September 27th, at 2.00 pm we have a seaside rock-pooling event at Ovingdean near Brighton, led by Steven Savage, a local expert from Seasearch; a national umbrella organisation for many wildlife charities, NGOs and statutory conservation bodies interested in our coastal wildlife.
The rock-pools at Ovingdean are a wonderful source of chalk coast flora and fauna with the bare rocks yielding Limpets, Acorn Barnacles, Periwinkles and Anemones while the ubiquitous Piddock burrows provide hiding places for small fish, crabs and shrimps. The rich variety of sea weeds draped over the chalk boulders meanwhile provide cover for larger fish, prawns, spider and velvet swimming crabs, squat lobsters and many other species; a rich and fascinating environment.
Ovingdean is about three miles east of central Brighton along the A259 coast road. If you turn inland at the roundabout opposite St Dunstan’s Blind Veterans training centre you will be on a road called Greenlands where you can park all day for free. If you then walk back towards the coast road and through the underpass beneath this road you will find a steep flight of steps leading to the beach. We will meet at the base of these steps, outside the café on the under-cliff walkway. TQ360026; nearest postcode BN2 7AF
Old clothes are obligatory. Trainers are sometimes better than gum boots because of the better grip they afford on slippery rocks while bare feet are recommended only for masochists.