After the storms

16th December 2011, Friday

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This weeks storms have changed the shoreline dramatically with enormous quantities of shingle and sand transported eastward by longshore drift. In some places the shore has migrated 10 metres inland and a metre down. With such disturbance to the foreshore it’s not surprising that there has been carnage among the invertebrates that lived there. The most noticeable casualties have been thousands of common starfish (above), but also quite a few sea mice. This is all good news for the large gulls and there are hundreds gorging themselves on the starfish. The storms may also be responsibile for a very tired looking shag at the Mary Stanford Lifeboat House this morning. We were lucky that yesterdays storm took a more southerly track, or last nights high tide may well have breached the storm crest…