Recently the marine team have continued working on surveying the intertidal regions of Clonque Bay.
A sunny day for checking what lives on the shore
Most of the intertidal surveys are spent identifying seaweed species to try and describe each biotope within the habitat (this means each section of the bay that is dominated by a different species to the next). It can take some time but is very valuable in seeing how the composition of our bays and beaches change, or are damaged, due to weather and any invasive species.
Whilst the surveys are very valuable for our ecology work they also throw in a couple of surprises each time. On our most recent trip we found an oystercatcher chick and an eggcase for a nursehound (a species of catshark); eggcases wash up on shorelines long after the young skates/rays/sharks have hatched.
Oystercatcher chicks are all around Alderney but always great to see. The nursehound eggcase is the first recording of this species ever on Alderney! So a very exciting and productive survey.