Friday, May 19, 2006

Low Tide Mark

Marine life that's rarely uncovered by the sea will be the focus of one of the biggest coastal events in Thanet next weekend.  

Low Tide Day on Saturday 27th May will see the Thanet Coast Project, helped by young people from the Millennium Volunteers, hunt for marine life that likes to hide on the lower part of our shores, including velvet swimming crabs, starfish and dog whelks. As well as discovering the sights uncovered by the low tide, there will also be time to play some environmental games.

This national event is held annually on the lowest tide of May and this year will take place between 5.30 - 7.30 p.m.

Naomi Biggs, Thanet Coast Education Officer said: "Low Tide Day last year was the biggest event in our calendar, so I am really looking forward to it again. Hopefully with the tide being so low we will see some unusual species that don't come out of the water very often."

For more information on this and other Thanet Coast Project events call
01843 577672, visit or email


Anonymous said...

With our young not being able to identify common British trees and birds, it is refreshing to see they might learn a little about the impoverished ecology of our coastline. The danger is that the fine balance between looking at and harming the seashore ecological system is upset when hundreds of kids start digging and poking around. I hope Miss Biggs gets the balance right.

Anonymous said...

Anon 3.49, I took my nephew (who was born in Westerham and is 16) up to Paddock Wood recently and when I pointed out the hop bines he said he had always thought they were strawberries.
Sad yet true.
What have we come to?

Anonymous said...

I went hop picking in 1968 at Cranbrook and was saddened to see that Miss Luck's farm is now a bijou little rural hamlet and that a school has playing fields on the old hop gardens. Strawberries? Oh dear!