Wild wintery walks
Traditionally a summer venue, in reality there’s no better time of year to head to the beach than Winter. Whilst stormy seas guarantee a good selection of natural and man-made treasures, brisk sea winds have proven health benefits. Sea air accelerates our body’s ability to absorb oxygen and balance serotonin, a chemical linked with mood and stress, making us feel more energised.
Watch out for eggcases, sea-wash balls and all sorts of different shells. Look carefully on stranded seaweeds for creatures such as the sea mat or spiral worms. Creatures like the sea-mouse – a worm with iridescent fur often wash up after wintery storms.
After a series of big storms, evidence of far flung lands can be found as tropical sea beans (seed pods) of vine plants are pushed out of the Atlantic, into the Irish Sea and eventually onto the beaches. These are rare but wonderful finds proving that our seas are all connected. So, don your bobble hat and head to the coast this Winter, you won’t be disappointed!
and the great floodgates of the wonder-world swung open