Full Moon…

Following on from our last blog post ‘Tides are crucial…‘  let’s talk a little about the next full moon, which just happens to fall this month on Friday 25th December 2015… yes that’s right it’s a full moon on Christmas Day.  Just three days after Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year or the longest night depending on which way you look at things, on Tuesday 22nd December 2015. Our next full […]

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Tides are crucial…

Tides are crucial to everything that we do here at Real Staithes, be it aboard our Charter Angling boat ‘All My Sons’ or a day on the foreshore hunting for fossils or foraging for your lunch. You can listen to Sean talking to Kevin Rushby of The Guardian about tides here… We run our ‘low tide experience’ days on spring tides, these occur about every 14 days, so what this actually means is we can […]

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Lots of layers of clothing…

If you are joining us for a day on the foreshore lots of layers of clothing are best, as this is the north east coast of England after all. I did start off  with mittens as well, you can just see them peeping out of my pocket, but got to warm…:) Both coat and jumper had hoods for when the wind got to much… Wellington boots are far the best thing to wear on your […]

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Discover all there is to know about Limpets or Flithers…

Flithers is the local vernacular for limpets, the common limpet, patella vulgata, is to be found in abundance here in Staithes.  The limpets design, it’s streamline shape and very powerful clinging foot, is idea in allowing it to survive the pounding of the waves.  The limpets ability to cling on is legendary, how many of us remember as children trying to dislodge these shells from the rocks when we wanted to use them as bait […]

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Red-necked Phalarope

What a great day to be walking on the foreshore,  blue skies and sunshine.  Spotted a peregrine and a red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, just south of Staithes harbour.  It looked like the phalarope was walking in one of the tidal pools but it was in fact swimming.  Phalaropes have lobed toes, which sets it apart from other wader birds, these ‘toes’ enable phalaropes to swim in pools and out at sea. Very unusual to see […]

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Hermit Crab

Two homeless hermit crabs, paguroidea.   Hermit crabs don’t actually have shells, so they use shells that heve been abandoned by their previous owners.   This is why when rock pooling anywhere on the British coast you will find hermit crabs living in winkle or whelk shells. There is one hermit crab, called ‘Harry’ living in a shell made of lego,  he lives in Legoland in Windsor, Berkshire.  You can read more about Harry on the Guardain’s […]

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