Spring Rock Pooling at St Helen’s

As we cross from winter to fast approaching spring, the crocuses and daffodils emerge and the days get a bit longer and the sun appears and we get blue skies across the Island. And in our house we think about going to the beach again…

My daughter and I ventured off to one of our favourite beaches in St Helen’s. We usually take crabbing lines and buckets and spades but we couldn’t find them after a recent house move so we just rocked-up on the beach hoping to buy everything there. But even though it was in half-term the beach cafe wasn’t open. It was also a high-tide so we couldn’t immediately rock pool so we just challenged each other to find the most interesting and perfect shell on the beach. There are quiet a variety from slipper limpets to periwinkle shells, and top shells to mussels.

As time passed and we followed the shoreline the tide turned and glistening rock pools emerged from the waves. We headed for them, taking our time to explore interesting pools filled with anemones and sea snails. We didn’t find any crabs or fish or shrimps as we normally tend to during summer and autumn, but it was just as fun and really more of a challenge when life wasn’t so obviously abundant.

So, I urge you to get out to the beach on those crisp early days in spring.

To read about where all the best beaches for rockpooling are across the Island checkout the myIsleofWight Definitive Guide to Rockpooling 

Philip Bell Author Photo by Chris Cowley

24 February 2018

By Philip Bell in The locals' blogs