During our recent litter pick on Weston Shore, Mary and Ian from the Friends group found a beautiful shell, shown below.
This is a Variegated Scallop (Chlamys varia). The asymmetrical ‘ears’ on the shell are typical of this type. They can go grow up to 8cm in length and are found all over the UK in a wide range of depths from lower intertidal to as deep as 100m. Although they are a common species they favour rocky or gravelly areas.
The Friends of Weston Shore are keen to learn more about the wildlife to be found on our beautiful beach and we’re grateful to Ian and Mary for sharing this find with us. If you would like to join us on our journey to increase our knowledge about the natural riches of the area please get in touch!