We had a wonderful walk on our beach today looking for the weird & wonderful with John Dempsey from Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme. John's extensive knowledge was put to the test with a whole range of exciting items being found: mermaid's purses [dogfish eggs]; monkey brains [whelk eggs]; two different types of crab [shore & masked]; sea potatoes [aka heart urchin]; numerous kinds of shells [razor, tower, necklace, prickly cockle, mussel, rayed trough]; even a dead great-crested grebe :(
We also found a wonderful array of prehistoric footprints dating from up to 7000 years ago: wild boar, red deer, auroch (a type of huge wild ox) & various human prints. It was brilliant to see such ancient tracks - especially as they will either be covered up by the sand again or be washed away by the sea before long.
As you can see from the photos below, we all had a great time. We would like to say 'Thank You' again to John - maybe on one of future beachcombing walks we'll find something he can't identify!
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