Recording Marine Life


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Records of Sabellaria alveolata

Number seen/Abundance Date Location Comments Recorded by
P 2003-08-02
Mothercombe Beach, South Hams, low tide 0.8m far right of beach as you look seaward.
Found in several locations covering rocks close to the low water mark. Jon Parr
Frequent 2003-11-25
The Middlestone at Goodrington Sands, Torbay
Honeycomb tubes cover approx. 10% of rocks, mainly middle zone of rocks Nigel Smallbones
Abundant
This species was seen between rock pools
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
Small areas on rocks 1% 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 in sand 2% coverage (5m x 5m area) David Butt (Brauton School)
Locally common 2004-08-21 Goodrington
Goodrington Beach
Several small patches on rocks surrounded by sand midshore. Some sign of decay worn old tubes. Photo taken Louise Percil
A 2005-03-26
Black Rocks, near Southerndown, South Wales
Abundant, many reefs seen Judith Oakley
P 2005-05-24 Mothecombe Beach
Mothecombe Beach near Erme Estuary, South Devon
Seen by group 9 (years 3 & 6) Holbeton School
P 2005-05-24 Mothecombe Beach
Mothecombe Beach near Erme Estuary, South Devon
Seen by group 7, years 4-6, Elizabeth Bone, Lily Battershil, Rosalind Brown, Dolores and Emily Steer Holbeton School
P 2005-05-24 Mothecombe Beach
Mothecombe Beach near Erme Estuary, South Devon
Seen by group 5, year 4-6, Jacob P, Joe, Piran Speed, Toby and James Holbeton School
P 2005-05-24 Mothecombe Beach
Mothecombe Beach near Erme Estuary, South Devon
Seen by group 2, year 4-6, Tom, Jacob Houzehan, Will, Steve and Ben Holbeton School
In about 3 or 4 different locations 2006-04-13 Borth beach
Southern end of Borth beach, about 5-6km north of Aberystwyth
Around and above rock pools. James Fair
abundant 2006-08-26
Aberavon Beach, Port Talbot, S Wales.
Many extensive reefs of Sabellaria alveolata Judith Oakley
small reefs sparce
Live
common 2007-07-20
Branscombe beach
had formed small reefs on the rocks and crevices mid-low shore. Milly Hatton-Brown
abundant 2008-01-23
Aberavon Sands, Port Talbot, South Wales
all over concrete sea defences of breakwater and stones next to rivermouth Judith Oakley
2 patches each 1 square yard 2008-02-09
Bracelet Bay Swansea as tide was covering rocks
seen attached to rock being covered by incoming tide. about size of 5p piece or smaller round and up to 1cm tall Janet Conway
5 clumps 2006-06-14 Blackpool Beach
Blackpool beach
on sewage pipe between south and central pier Paul Keating
1 small clump 2006-07-24 Blackpool Beach
Blackpool beach
clump on station at end of south pier Paul Keating
Common 2008-08-04
Bucks Mills
Mid shore on rocks, much of it somewhat crushed. Paula Ferris
2009-02-27 Aberavon Sands
e.g. aberavon sands - along the breakwater
Between rocks Cheryl Perkins
1 2009-04-24 Aberavon beach
Near the break water at Aberavon beach
On the sand Adrian Cooke
5 2009-06-09 Coombesgate, Woolacombe
2 sandy bays divided by small rocky headlands with extensive rocks at low tide.
Ocurring very sparsely on low shore Paula Ferris
Many 2009-10-05 Aberavon, South Wales
Beach
On rocks and in crevice Adam Morgan
5 or more colonies 2010-01-29 Prestatyn
breakwater
At seaward end of breakwater Ian Wallace
abundant 2010-03-02 Greencliff, near Westward Ho
Semi exposed rocky shore, facing north west, wave cut platform with gullies, some sand at low water
mid to upper low shore, then another sand-tubed worm dominates, species unknown Paula Ferris
50 2010-03-16 Hartland Quay
Rocky shore below the former quay, wave cut platform of differentially eroded sandstone & slate beds alongside sandy bay
Number - nonesense, but common on rocks of lower shore, but not dominant Paula Ferris
Many small individual reefs 2010-10-31 Pwlldu Bay, Gower Peninsula
Saw many Sabellaria reefs at low tide when searching rock pools at the east side of the bay. Quite small reefs, have seen much larger at Shell Island. Reefs pretty much everywhere at the lower edge of the rocks, before sandy shore began.
Seen amidst lowest rocks during low tide, max size of approx. 0.25m sqd Jackie Maud
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
Rocks etensively covered, forming reefs of sorts, along low tide margin Paula Ferris
crust 2010-10-08 Lee Bay, Ilfracombe
rock gullies leading into exposed kelp band below low lines of rocks parallel to shore
low shore rocks with extensive S alveolota crust - only occasional worm tubes noted in previous years. Paula Ferris
Abundant 19/02/2011 Downend Croyde
Low shore gullies off NW SE fault line across shore platform
As always good crusting of Sabellaria Paula Ferris
scattered widely 19/02/2011 Lee Ilfracombe
as before, low shore gullies
Individual tubes scattered across low shore rocks Paula Ferris
common 21/03/2011 Lee Bay, Ilfracombe
Gently sloping shore, expanse of rocks flanking sand, fresh water stream. Good algae cover
coverage increasing, present on many lowest shore rock fringes adjacent to sand Paula Ferris
Abundant 08052011 Croyde beach
Rocky intertidal zone
Observed at low tide. Abundant in the lower shore. Completely absent in mid to upper intertidal area. Tubes numerous but no live organisms were observed. I have never noticed this species at Croyde bay, despite being a regular visitor (and keen marine biologist), in 20 years. Ben Jaeschke
abundant reefs limited to one area of beach 28/10/11 Hartland Quay
Very exposed rocky coast
mid to lower shore Robert Durrant
4 sq m. 23/02/2012 Par
Small cove, sandy with rocks exposed at low tide
"reefs" formed eastern end of cove as rocks ended and sand began. Approx third way up from low tide. Phil Croxton