I was born by the sea and for most of my life I have lived by the sea. As a biologist I know quite alot about the sea. Now I am retired I walk my dogs by the sea every day of the year whatever the weather.
I don't know about you but I have a habit when I am walking on the beach of looking at everything just in front of my feet; I have time to do that now. It's really amazing what you can find, not just once in a while, but everyday. On my beach at Bacton , Norfolk there are fossils, semi-precious stones, even amber, that I pick up and take home to polish in my tumbler polisher. There are washed up creatures from the sea, often I know what they are, things like mussels, starfish and whelk shells. But now that I really have time to look I notice a multitude of other things: the many types of seaweed, the different types of mussels, and then the tiny things amongst the the jetsam and flotsam of the tideline, amazing little creatures like sandhoppers and sea slaters. Now I didn't know what all these other things were, and being inquisitve,I wanted to know, so naturally I looked for a suitable pocket sized book to help me. That's when I discovered,"Seashore Life of Britain and Europe" (Green Guide) by Bob Gibbons. As an introduction to life on Britain's seashores it can't be bettered and if your thirsty for more knowledge there's good advice for further reading witin this excellent little pocket guide.
Dan Corbett August 2010