As a frequent beach visitor I often walk along the strandline to find out what’s been washed up. Near my home in the New Forest, I walk a long the coast anywhere between Lymington and Barton. While holidaying in Devon and Cornwall, I also try to find different beaches to explore.
Materials – I can bring in an assortment of beach finds to your classroom to identify, sort and ask – What are they? Where have they come from? and Why? We can look at the items in groups and sort them depending on their shape, their material, or where they have originated.
Some Natural Finds – These items are found along the beach and strandline, but are completely natural and do not have to be removed. However, you can take a few in order to identify them and find out more about the ecology of your local seas and spot any changes that occur. They may also be from freshwater rivers and streams.Items include: feathers, all sorts of shells and animal remains, cuttlefish bones, cuttlefish eggs, egg cases from rays and sharks, wood, branches, acorns, leaves and cones.
Manmade materials – These items include lost fishing gear, litter from beach users, items that have been deliberately or inadvertently lost at sea. They may have travelled just a few meters up the coast, or thousands of miles across an ocean. However, the high proportion of them are made of plastic and therefore, are highly coloured, have a long life span and float. These properties can be very benefical on land, but in the sea, they are nothing but detrimental to the beach, the ocean and the wildlife.
To find out more about the items that have been Lost At Sea, and where they may have originated, go to the next page – Lost at Sea.