At last, time to put the vest away, we have some great events over the next few months. We want to show you diversity. Looe, Millock, Crackington, Widemouth and more to be listed soon.
Some people have commented on their identification skills not improving, they worry about making progress. Do you need to put a name to something to enjoy the fascination of structure, diversity, lifestyle and colour? Sometimes I just sit there scratching my head and throw the books back in the bag. You have found something no one else on the beach has seen that day or a creature that defies a label, a pattern in a weed that makes a great art picture. Do we need more? Names are useful for the surveys so others know what we find but it isn’t the end of the world if we just sit and enjoy something that is special to us. Besides, you can always give it your own name, common names change around the world anyway. If you really want to know just take a pic and post it on Facebook. I don’t care how often I am asked the same question. I have been studying nature for over 40 years, different habitats etc, there is no way I can store all that information so I frequently need to look it up again and again. Is it a problem? No. The thing I am looking at doesn’t know my name either it just wants to know I am not going to eat it or of course if it can eat me. Nature is discovery, if you experience that same discovery over and over again then life is richer.