Falmouth Summer Marine Discovery

Funded by Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health’s Filling the Holiday Gap scheme.

In the summer of 2019, we ran a free marine biology programme for families in parts of Falmouth. We visited a new site every week and our families conducted biodiversity surveys to find out how our local marine wildlife changes across these sites.

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Families with children of all ages took part and joined our staff and volunteers at six fantastic events.

We made 190 records of marine species

A total of 49 different species were found across all the sites

Some species were found a lot, such as:

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beadlet anemone - found in 14 out of 23 surveys
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Montagu's crab - found in 15 out of 23 surveys
shore crab - found in 12 out of 23 surveys

And many species were only found once, such as:

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spiny seastar
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sea mat
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honeycomb reef worm

We found big differences in the diversity of the wildlife at the sites with Pendower beach standing out in terms of the number of species discovered.

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biodiversity (numbers of species surveyed) at each of our survey sites

And at every event families were provided with a healthy meal from either Kessel’s Kitchen or the Castle Beach café.