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You can’t beat a day at the seaside there are lots of activities to keep you busy:

Paddling or Swimming in the sea

Building Sandcastles

Burying dad in the sand!

Rock pooling

Playing ball games/flying kites

or Beach Combing

There is so much you can find on a beach that has been washed up by the sea, unfortunately most of it is man-made litter, there are millions of tonnes of rubbish in our seas not just around Britain but worldwide only small amounts get washed up on the shore, this is a big problem which is getting worse, harming birds, animals, fish and sea creatures.

I love beachcombing you never know what you will find:

Colourful pebbles – worn smooth by the sea

Seaweed – I didn’t realise there were so many different types

Driftwood – Bleached and smooth to the touch

Shells – Cockle, Mussel, Periwinkle, Whelk, Razor, Scallop, Limpet

Crab Shells and Claws, Cuttlefish bones

Whelk Egg Cases and Dogfish Egg Cases also called Mermaids Purses

Sea monster 2

Why not make a Sea Creature with your beach treasure?

What you will need

Collect as many shells, pebbles, sticks, strands of seaweed, etc. as you can find

What you need to do

You can either make your creature on the beach or when you get home, we made ours at home.

Start off by making a body from damp sand or if you are at home you could use modelling clay, and firm your shells into place on the body, then add arms, legs, a mouth, eyes, hair, claws, tails and wings. This is your Sea Creature be creative you can make it how you want, it can have 2, 4 or 6 legs, 2 or 3 heads or tails, you can give it wings or claws and as many eyes as you want.

Sea Monster 1

How we made our Sea Creature

  1. Firstly we got a storage box lid and covered it with a blue plastic bag to represent the sea; you could also use a tray or cover it with kitchen foil.
  2. We then got a piece of white modelling clay, made it into an egg shape and pressed it onto the lid.
  3. We covered the modelling clay with Mussel shells to make the body, and used broken Razor shells for the legs, the curly tail was a large Whelk shell.
  4. For the head we used a Cuttlefish bone for the lower jaw and the top was a Spider Crab shell, two eyes were made out of small Whelk shells which were stuck on with the modelling clay, I drew on two eyes with black marker pen.
  5. The crowning glory was the three Dogfish Egg cases that we placed along his back.
  6. To finish it off we sprinkled sand on the lid and placed some shells and Whelks egg cases around him to make him feel at home!

It is a good idea to buy a guide to the seashore so that you can identify and learn all about what you find on your day out.

Have fun on the beach this summer, enjoy all that the seaside has to offer and help to preserve it for future generations by taking you litter home with you – the British Coastline is stunning and home to many amazing and unique plants, animals, fish, sea creatures and birds.

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Finally, (dare I say it), summer is here and what a difference it makes to everything in the garden as well as to ourselves, we definitely all feel better and happier and just in time for the school holidays and of course the Olympic Games too. Whilst we have this warm weather we should get out, explore and enjoy our environment. 


The walk to Ingleborough Caves

Next week 30th July – 5th August is National Parks Week, why not visit one of the 15 National Parks in the UK, there are:

  • 10 in England – The Broads, Dartmoor, Exmoor, the Lake District, the New Forest, Northumberland, the North York Moors, the Peak District, the South Downs and the Yorkshire Dales
  • 2 in Scotland – Cairngorms and Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
  • 3 in Wales – the Brecon Beacons, Pembrokeshire Coast and Snowdonia

they are areas of protected countryside that everyone can visit, with four main types of habitat:

  • Moorlands,
  • Woodlands and Forests,
  • Wetlands, Lakes and Rivers
  • Meadows and Grasslands.

Visiting a National Park can be as energetic or as relaxing as you want with endless activities to choose from: Walking, Hiking, Dog Walking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Horse Riding, Water Sports and Boat Rides and even Hot Air Ballooning, have a look at the National Parks website for more details of which parks support these activities.

Little Egrets

Don’t forget the Wildlife! National Parks are teeming with animals, birds and insects and some rare ones too including Red Squirrel, Otter, Water Vole, Osprey, Bittern and the Swallowtail Butterfly (which only lives in the Broads), take your binoculars and your wildlife diary with you and see what you can spot.

Wildflower meadow

National Parks are also host to some spectacular and rare wildflowers, some of which can only be found in the National Parks, such as the Snowdon Lily in Snowdonia and the English Sandwort in the Yorkshire Dales, take your camera with you to record our stunning native wildflowers.

Whether you are at home or on holiday make a visit to a National Park near you, there are lots of things to do as well as organised events throughout the summer.

Love your environment


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