The Friends of Weston Shore took part in an initial field study of the wildlife on the shore last year and we are looking forward to learning more about this in 2015.
We had help from Phil Budd of the Southampton Natural History Society who discussed the outline of a wildlife survey and then lead us on a short walk along the shore to talk in more detail about what was to be found there.
In a very short time Phil highlighted for us what a rich habitat for plants and animals Weston Shore really is. We started off by looking at the different types of seaweed on the shore, including gutweed and bladderwrack, and how these provide a home for different types of insects. Moving slightly away from the shore, the grassy areas on the shore are host to a diversity of plants including sea beet and sea purslane. In turns these plants are home to lots of animals including coneheads and different types of grass hoppers.
There really is so much to learn and we found it very exciting to get a taste of the natural diversity to be found on the shore. We are looking forward to teaming up with Phil again this year to learn more about the ecology of Weston Shore and in the long term hope to conduct fuller surveys to draw up more detailed information about the natural riches to be found there.
If you would like to get involved and find out more about the Friends of Weston Shore, please join us at our next meeting on Thursday 19th March at 7pm, at Woolston Community Centre, Church Road, Woolston, Southampton SO19 9FU. Everybody is welcome!