Archive of: Marine

  • Help Our Kelp Q&A

    Help Our Kelp Q&A

    Dr Ian Hendy (University of Portsmouth) and Sarah Ward (Sussex Wildlife Trust) answer your questions about the exciting kelp forest restoration project

  • Black Bream Nests

    Black Bream Nests

    When we think of nests, our thoughts immediately go to birds, building intricate shelters in which to lay their eggs and rear their newborns. However, a number of fishes also create nests

  • Turning the tide

    Turning the tide

    Today the new Nearshore Trawling Byelaw has been announced. This is a major milestone for Sussex and we are thrilled. As a result of this byelaw, trawling will be excluded from the West Sussex Nearshore waters out to 4km. Our local and national decision makers have made real space for nature.

  • Cephalopod beaks

    Cephalopod beaks

    When most people think of animals with beaks, they think of birds. But did you know that a group of marine animals also have beaks?

  • Ideal Home: Hermit Crab

    Ideal Home: Hermit Crab

    Finding a suitable shell can be quite the challenge for a small crab in a big ocean, and this life constraint has caused a number of quite unique behaviours to have evolved in hermit crabs, allowing them to find their ideal home.

  • Fish tail tales

    Fish tail tales

    You may have noticed that different species of fish have different shaped tails. These different shapes have evolved over time depending on the lifestyle of the fish.

  • Rampion 2 Consultation

    Rampion 2 Consultation

    An informal consultation on plans to expand the Rampion Offshore Windfarm off the Sussex coast has been launched. This initial consultation closes on 11th February 2021.

  • What can be found on the strandline #5 Eggs

    What can be found on the strandline #5 Eggs

    Mermaidโ€™s purses are not the only egg cases that can be found in the strandline. Common whelk (Buccinum undatum) egg cases are also a fairly common sight. They are a mass of small spongy balls that could indeed be confused for sponges. In the past, sailors did actually use them as wash balls! The first whelks to hatch are cannibalistic and will eat their still developing siblings to give themselves a burst of energy to help them survive in the open ocean.

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