Last week the Tintagel to Holywell ranger team went on a Introduction to Intertidal Fish Species workshop. The workshop was organised by ERCCIS the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and lead by Douglas Herdson a Fish Biologist.
As well as a session in the classroom we went out fishing at Newquay Harbour and Fistral beach.
We caught and saw a number of different species including plaice, brill, sand smelts, sand eels, weaver fish, blennies, sand goby and European eel. We also saw a few spiny starfish and some crabs. It was certainly a worthwhile workshop, with Sarah and George putting some of their new found knowledge to use helping Polzeath Marine Conservation Group with a rockpool ramble on Thursday afternoon at Polzeath.
One species we learnt about at the workshop but didn’t see during the day was a boarfish, a pelagic species (deep water) not normally seen on shore, but a dead one had been washed into a rockpool at Polzeath on Thursday.
We’re leading some rockpool rambles in Polzeath with Polzeath Marine Conservation Group in July and August. Check our events page nearer the time for more details.
Sarah Stevens, Ranger