Next time you come to visit us at Billy’s, work up an appetite with a spot of beachcombing. Just a short walk from our café is a world of wildlife treasures just waiting to be discovered and the best time to go looking is just after a winter storm. We’ve enlisted the help of Sarah Ward, Living Seas office for Sussex Wild Life Trust, to guide you. And once you’ve made your discoveries, warm up by our log burner with a delicious hot snack.
Beaches are fantastic places to go treasure hunting, whether you’re searching for coins or looking for shells and other curiosities that find their way onto the shoreline.
Winter weather creates stormy seas which often cause a whole assortment of treasures to get washed up on beaches. Items being transported by the sea get deposited at the top of the beach where waves lose their energy. This creates a line of deposited material around the high tide mark, known as a ‘strandline’ and the perfect place to go beach combing. You may find that Bracklesham beach has multiple strandlines – this is because the high tide will fall at different heights on different days. Here’s a guide to some common things to look out for:
With thanks to Sarah and the Sussex Wildlife Trust
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