Rockpooling fun and art prizes to win

The plant-like sea anemone has stinging tentacles
The plant-like sea anemone has stinging tentacles

FAMILIES will be gathering on Shoreham Beach for an intertidal event next week.

Marine biologist Steve Savage will be leading the Friends of Shoreham Beach (FoSB) event on Thursday, August 15, at 10am.

He will be helping children to identify creatures found in the rock pools left by the tide.

A beach art competition will follow, with prizes on offer.

Adults go free, with a £1.50 charge for children aged over five. FoSB members are free (family annual membership costs £5).

Meet at Kingston Bay Beach, north of Shoreham Fort and take your own picnic.

Mr Savage runs a formal education programme at the Shoreham Beach Local Nature Reserve, with the aim of engaging people with the rare vegetated shingle habitat that covers much of the beach down to the high tide line.

This year’s programme consists of a varied programme based around Shoreham Beach and its part in Shoreham’s dynamic geography, wildlife and maritime history.

He said: “I spent much of my childhood on Shoreham Beach and the surrounding area and so it’s a great opportunity to engage children with a place that has a special meaning to me.”

The education programme caters for both primary and secondary school and offers the chance to explore the nature reserve and the surrounding area.

Visit the nature reserves website at www.fosbeach.com for more information about the courses and other events.