Low Newton

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Northern shore of Embleton Bay, Low Newton by the Sea

 

A superb display of Thrift, Birdsfoot Trefoil, Cowslips and Sea Campion along the northern shore of Embleton Bay. All accompanied by the constant sound of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Oystercatchers. Just offshore a Grey Seal bobbed around in the Kelp with the occasional Arctic Tern and Kittiwake flying over. Also plenty of waders especially Dunlin, Turnstone and Oystercatchers

Hard to find a more idyllic spot especially on a sunny afternoon.

Sea Campion growing along the rocky shoreline

Sea Campion growing along the rocky shoreline

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Delesseria sanguinea

 

With the shoreline consisting of the heavily eroded remains of the Whin Sill the pockmarked rocks are perfect for Beadlet Anemones. Several of the larger spotted ones resembled Strawberry Anemones however these aren’t supposed to occur in the cooler waters of the North Sea.

Also a good range of seaweed with the bright red Delesseria sanguinea being relatively common.

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Beadlet Anemone with young

 

Interesting the tiny pools appeared to be used as Anemone nurseries. Related to Jellyfish Anemones have few natural enemies and this particular one could be anything between 3yrs and 100+yrs old.

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A variation on the traditional park bench!