This week the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust visited Thorness Bay here on the island to conduct the latest Shoresearch survey.
With the help of one of the Keepers from the park and lots of volunteers, they were able to identify many different species of marine life- including this impressive Edible Crab:
Other species found included:
Velvet Swimming Crabs, Shore Crabs, Hairy Crabs, Broad Clawed Porcelain Crabs, Brittles Stars, Sea Spiders, Blennies, Gobies, Five Bearded Rocklings, Shrimps, Limpets, Barnacles, Winkles, Topshells, Dog Whelks, Razor Clams, Oysters, Anemones, Sponges, Algaes and many different species of seaweed!
Thorness Bay is a very important site, and the survey proved just how diverse and interesting the wildlife is there!
Everyone was also treated to a beautiful sunset on the beach (inbetween the thunderstorms that is!)
If you would like more information about the Shorsearch project including how to get involved, then take a look at the website for more information: