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Records of Mytilus edulis

Number seen/Abundance Date Location Comments Recorded by
P 2002-07-21 Manobier
Manobier, Pembrokeshire
Small beds, mussels very small. Large amount of human traffic over these beds. Jennet Dora Norman
Abundant 2003-11-25
The Middlestone at Goodrington Sands, Torbay
Nigel Smallbones
P 2003-08-07
Ariels on the west side of Portland Bill
Vast beds Charles Whitworth
Abundant 2001-10-31
Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim
No information entered Sally Liya
100s 2002-08-04
South west of Trevelgue Head, Newquay Bay.
Seen on rocky shore Mrs T Whittaker
Not calcul 2002-08-07
Rock Islands at Elmer, Middleton-on-Sea, West Sussex
Seen at low tide attached to large boulders - part of rock islands, artificially built as part of a coastal defence scheme in 1992/3 on an otherwise sandy/shingle shore. Julie Hatcher
1000+ 2002-07-13
St Mary's lighthouse, North side of Whitley Bay, Northumberland.
All mussels small - (seed mussels) lots of beds scattered over vertical and horizontal rock. Jenny Prince
C 2001-06-24
St Marcoes Sand, Pembrokeshire
Common, attached to rocks Pete Champion
O 2004-04-07
Helford passage + Bar beach, Helford River, Cornwall.
On rocks, low shore Ruth Williams
P 2004-06-17 Mother Iveys Bay
20 metres off Mother Iveys Bay, Cornwall. Two Basking Sharks patrolling the Bay
Very dense, healthy mussel beds Alex Parr
Common 1000s 2004-05-06 Barricane Beach
Barricane Beach, near Woolacombe. West facing shingle and sandy beach surrounded by numerous sloping rock with rockpools. Quite heavily scoured.
All over rock on midshore Barbara Haddrill
P 2004-06-18 Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach, west facing rocky platforms north of sandy bay. Midshore area, rock rocks with frequent pools, shallow and deep. Sunny & cloudy, strong breeze site 2
On rocks 25% of 5m x 5m area David Butt (Brauton School)
P 2004-06-18 Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach, North Devon. West facing rocky platform north of sandy bay. Low shore area, steep & rugged rock with deep pools & gullies. Site 3.
On rocks 55% of 5m x 5m area David Butt (Brauton School)
P 2004-06-18 Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach, North Devon. West facing rocky platform north of sandy nay. High shore, rugged rocks with some shallow rockpools. Sunny and cloudy, strong breeze. Site 1
On rocks 10% coverage (5m x 5m area) David Butt (Brauton School)
P 2004-06-18 Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach, west facing rocky platforms north of sandy bay. Midshore area, rock rocks with frequent pools, shallow and deep. Sunny & cloudy, strong breeze site 2
5% coverage (5m x 5m area) David Butt (Brauton School)
P 2004-06-18 Croyde Beach
Croyde Beach, North Devon. West facing rocky platform north of sandy bay. Low shore area, steep & rugged rock with deep pools & gullies. Site 3.
On rocks 10% coverage (5m x 5m area) David Butt (Brauton School)
R 2004-08-10 Constantine Beach
Rocky shore beside Constantine Beach observed in mid shore zone.
Mid zone/ lower in pools and exposed. Peter Jones
P 2004-08-19 Batten Bay
Batten Bay, near Mountbatten
Seashore Safari
P 2001-09-16
Shankill Beach between Bray and Killiney, County Dublin Ireland.
Present, large reefs at Seapoint, Monkstown and Bray head area. Tim Clabon
P 2001-10-28 Swanage Pier
Swanage Pier
50, 000/1m2, mussel beds on rocks at rear of island. Beds unevenly spread over rocks, mainly crowded into limpet grooves. Average individual size 0.75 cm approx. Kevin Regan
Abundant 2000-05-24 Knox Reef
Knox Reef; Farne Islands
No information entered Owain Gabb
Dense, very healthy colonies of mussels on all available rocks
A 2002-10-05
Rocks at North end of Polzeath beach.
Abundant, beds of small mussels on top surfaces of rock ledges. Guy Baker
C 2001-05-18 Pett Levels
Pett Levels, East Sussex
Common relatively common on rocks, average size of individuals, 1.5 inches Pete Champion
C 2005-03-13
To the right hand side of new waterfront pub, west Hoe, Plymouth
Common. Clumps seen in crevices Judith Oakley
P 2005-05-06
Foreshore from Lynmouth to Sillery Sands
Lots seen on rock promontories Wheatley Park
P 2004-05-18 River Lyn
East Bank of the River Lyn at 12 noon on a rising neap tide.
A few small clumps of mussels in edges of pools St Michaels School
A 2005-06-05
Goodrington Sands on shore in front of Seashore Centre
Abundant beds of mussels covering rocks Judith Oakley
O 2005-06-27
Saltdean, east of Brighton, East Sussex
Occasional Kate Cole
F 2005-07-12 Milford Haven
Milford Haven marina pontoons
frequent on pomtoons Judith Oakley
C 2005-07-12 Neyland marina
Neyland marina, Milford Haven
common on pontoons Judith Oakley
A 2005-08-02
Far pontoon, Queen Anne's Battery marina
abundant on pontoons Judith Oakley
abundant 2005-09-26 Fowey estuary
Fowey estuary, marina, Cornwall
All over pontoons Judith Oakley
some 2005-11-08
Lynmouth beach, East of rivermouth
Mid tide level Caroline Farrell
few 2005-12-07
e.g. South coast of Lindisfarne, near the harbour.
Present 2006-01-17
Sillery Sands, Lynmouth.
Thousands seen at the low tide level Bampton Newman
Very abundant 2006-04-13 Borth beach
Southern end of Borth beach, about 5-6km north of Aberystwyth
Mostly close to the sea (which was at pretty much low tide). James Fair
one or two 2006-06-06
Lynmouth Foreshore East at midtide.
Bottom of the beach Madley Brook School
abundant 2006-08-26
Aberavon Beach, Port Talbot, S Wales.
Beds of small specimens Judith Oakley
1 2006-09-24
baiter beach poole harbour
On stone Steve Trewhella
>100 2007-03-21
West Hoe by water front pub, Plymouth
Mainly lower shore some mid, crammed in crevises and rock undersides 0.5-3cm long Jon Parr
Live attatched to beach structures and shells on strandline Kathryn Turner
>100 per meter in bed areas 2003-03-23 Fleetwood north
Fleetwood north, Flyde coast
Alive in beds Kathryn Turner
present 2005-08-24
East side of sugary cove - Dartmouth
lowshore rock crevises tightly packed Sonia Rowley
~20 2005-08-14
rocky coast on coastal walk between compass and castle cove dartmouth (westside) increased sun exposure till sundown no fresh H2O inlets.
solitary and small clusters in crevices, lowshore Sonia Rowley
abundant 2007-10-26 Oxwich Point
Oxwich Point, Gower - 3/4 of way along from beach
mussel beds amongst rocks Judith Oakley
2 2008-01-20
West Bay, Dorset. Beach between the harbour and cliffs.
Shells on shore at low tide Matthew Law
abundant 2008-01-23
Aberavon Sands, Port Talbot, South Wales
one large bed on stones next to rivermouth Judith Oakley
dominant 2008-09-27
On rocks at eastern end of Porthmeor beach
dominant species on rocks of lower & middle shore Larissa Paver
2008-09-27 Porthmenor Beach
Eastern end of Porthmenor beach, St Ives, Cornwall
Dominant species on rocks of lower and middle shore Larissa Paver
Abundant 2008-10-17
Sharrow Point, Whitsand Bay, Cornwall 50:19:52N 4:12:48W
Milly Hatton-Brown
dominant 2008-12-28 Porthmeor Beach
Western end of Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall
Larissa Paver
Few 2009-04-24 Aberavon Beach
Near the break water at Aberavon beach
Rocks, Rock pools Adrian Cooke
150 2009-04-24 Aberavon beach
Near the break water at Aberavon beach
Under rock Adrian Cooke
19 2009-04-24 Aberavon beach
Near the break water at Aberavon beach
On something in the water Adrian Cooke
5 2009-04-24 Aberavon beach
Near the break water at Aberavon beach
By huge rocks Adrian Cooke
1 2009-04-24 Aberavon beach
Near the break water at Aberavon beach
Rockpool Adrian Cooke
Common 2009-06-14 Sandymouth Beach
Rocks on beach
Common on rocks Keara Brennen
Common 2009-06-20 Hastings
Rocky shore below East Hill with some sand patches, shingle, pebbles and boulders. There is also a rocky \"platform\" mid-low shore with many crevices and small rock pools. Other species certainly present including some hydroids, bryzoans, brown flatworms, probable Bullhead and other fish
Mainly small patches but a few larger (several metres long) Nigel Sawyer
Abundant 2009-06-27 Torquay Marina
All species found on the pontoon floats of Torquay Marina
Patchy distribution Holly Latham
Common 2009-07-04 Brixham Marina
All species found on the pontoon floats in Brixham Marina
Aggregated patches Holly Latham
Common 2009-07-18 Eastbourne, below Pinnacle
Mainly soft bedrock with pools and some pebble and sandy areas. Storms previous day and persistant strong wind. Some unidentified hydroids (?Obelia) also found 2 metre low tide so water level fairly high
Small patches Nigel Sawyer
Abundant 2009-08-02 Hastings
Directly east of the Stade. 2.3 metre low tide. Shore line pebbles and boulders with some rock pools in evidence
Nigel Sawyer
Common 2009-08-21 Cow Gap near Eastbourne
Beach consisting mainly of bolders, cobbles, pebbles with patchs of clay and sand.
Widespread Nigel Sawyer
Common 2009-08-31 Herne Bay Kent
Below \"soft cliffs\" mainly sandy with some pools and bedrock of sandy clay. Some boulders on the shore often seaweed covered
Mainly where there was a piece of land jutting out into the sea. Shells washed up across the shore Nigel Sawyer
NA 2009-08-24 Silloth
Shell beach with mussels.
NA North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
Common 2009-08-29 Two Tree Island Essex
Mudflats and saltmarsh
Widespread Nigel Sawyer
Abdundant 2009-09-21 Eastbourne Pier
The pier at Eastbourne. Sandy beach below shingle with some soft bedrock with pools. In addition to the list Mactra stultrom common, as were hydroids (unidentified on the pier structure)
Many areas covered with mussels Nigel Sawyer
Occasional 5 - 40% 2009-09-29 West Mud
West side of river Tamar, opposite dockyard, between Millbrook and St John\'s Lake
In mud/gravel patches between the eelgrass John Hepburn
Abundant 2009-09-07 Aberavon Beach
Aberavon Beach, Wales
Seen on rock Traethmelyn Primary School Doyle
Common 2009-10-25 Bexhill on Sea
Shingle shore at high tide
Washed up on shore Nigel Sawyer
1 2009-11-01 Fleetwood North
Sunken car park in Fleetwood, Lancashire.
Living specimen North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
1 2009-10-27 St Anne's Pier
Area North of the pier.
North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
Many 2009-10-05 Aberavon, South Wales
On rocks Adam Morgan
NA 2009-08-13 Blackpool Central - South Shore
Sandy beach
Alive North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
n/a 2010-01-22 Morecambe
Morecambe, Polo Tower, Lancashire
Shell only North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
n/a 2010-01-29 Crosby Beach, Liverpool
Surveying carried out on the beach near Brighton-le-Sands, Liverpool, Merseyside. Recorded by Daniel Flenley.
Shell only North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
n/a 2010-02-12 Thurstaston Beach
Thurstaston Beach, Wirral, Merseyside. Recorded by Wirral Wildlife & Kathryn Turner
Shell only North West Wildlife Trusts Irish sea
Common 2010-04-21 Cow Gap, Beachy Head Sussex
Rock pools and sandstone area. Area of sand and some mud/ sand patches amongst the boulders and other rocks. Jaera sp also seen. Pools near the cliff had the seaweed Dumontia incrassata and shells of Mactra stultorum were also found (neither listed in DB)
Clumps in certain areas Nigel Sawyer
Uncommon 2010-04-25 Hope Gap, Seaford, Sussex
Low tide on chalk platform boulders, pebbles, with gulleys present lower on shore
Some clumps around Nigel Sawyer
150 2010-06-20 Pevensey Bay
Just east of Eastbourne, a typical East Sussex pebble beach with some small areas of sand at low tide
Carole Manion
Common 2010-05-15 Holbeck, Scarborough
Rocky shore with large tidal pools, kelp forest and bare sediment
Anthony Hurd
dozens 2010-08-21 Grimsby Marina
The lift out at Grimsby Marina, north Lincolnshire
all over hull below water line C D Daniel
Super abundant 2010-09-09 Westward Ho!
Semi-exposed shore, rocky shore at end sandy beach, rock platform cut by gullies and pools, sand at low tide
Paula Ferris
50 10/02/2011 Crosby Beach, Crosby, Liverpool
A sandy, slowly shelving beach of sand and mud at Crosby, Liverpool, Merseyside.
on sand Steve McWilliam
Abundant 21/03/2011 Hastings
Shingle and rocks with some rockpools and sandy areas
Every were possible there were mussels Nigel Sawyer
Common 26/12/2011 Eastbourne Pier
The area of shingle and sand around the pier Strandline consisted of absolutely 1000s of oyster shells amonst a few other things. Ensis ensis was also found, at least 6 shell pairs
Shells common low down on the shore Nigel Sawyer
Common 26/06/2011 Hope Gap, Sussex
Chalk platform with seaweed covering
Washed up shells Nigel Sawyer
Common 10/07/2011 Hope Gap, Susex
Chalk platform with channels, flints and a seaweed covering (Pepper Dulse being dominant)
Some small in-situ clumps and washed up shells Nigel Sawyer
Common 22/07/2011 Hope Gap Sussex
Chalk platform. 1m low tide and investigated area straight in front of the steps. Many cobbles and stones in the gulleys which were turned and looked at. A bootlace worm, encrusting bryozoan, a couple of unidentitied (and not photographed) chitons also seen - had to escape the rising tide)
small patches Nigel Sawyer
Common 06/08/2011 Hope Gap, Sussex
Chalk platform at low tide (1.2m) Several unidentified seaweeds seen and two scale worms (?Harmothoe impar). ALso Halurus equisetifolius which does not appear in the list
Shells washed up Nigel Sawyer
Common 28/09/2011 Eastbourne
Chalk platform in the east and sandy areas at low tide with soft rock and rock pools.
Many washed up shells Nigel Sawyer
01/07/2011 Plymouth Hoe
Description: Embayment, Sheltered with an East facing aspect Zone: littoral Full salinity Use and impacts:Fishing,rockpooling Sub stratum: Bed rock and concrete Features: Crevices, gullies, pools, overhangs
In crevices Tabitha Pearman
10/07/2011 Lerwick
Description: Sheltered embayment with an East facing aspect; Full salinity Use and impacts: Fishing, drains, rockpooling Sub stratum: Bed rock, large to small boulders Features: Crevices, gullies, pools, overhangs Modifiers: Possible fresh run off from drains
Tabitha Pearman
Abdundant 17/06/2012 Splash Point, Seaford
Chalk platform and shingle beach
Lots of different sizes on shore and shells washed up Nigel Sawyer