eleventh to seventeenth July – The Lundy Marine Competition 2022


Competition Volunteers Daisy Laing and Tara McEvoy-Wilding carry us a marine
sighting particular to coincide with the beginning of the Lundy Marine Competition.

It was actually sizzling this week with a red-warning
heatwave. Temperatures reached 27.8° on the seventeenth. There was little or no wind
making it appear even hotter.  

week noticed the beginning of Lundy’s a lot anticipated marine competition, celebrating the
fiftieth anniversary of its Marine Protected space. The lengthy weekend kicked off on
Thursday with the arrival of a few of our incredible supporters: The Porcupine
Marine Pure Historical past Society, The Marine Organic Affiliation, The Blue
Marine Basis, MARINElife, Sea Watch Basis and The Pure Historical past

Actions started instantly with the arrival of the
marine specialists who jumped straight right into a BioBlitz of Lundy’s in depth rocky
shore, specializing in a location often called Devils Kitchen. Members of the Marine
Organic Affiliation and the Pure Historical past Museum collected samples for the
Darwin Tree of Life Undertaking, aiming to sequence the genome of the specimens
obtained. The Porcupine Society compiled a listing of organisms, lots of which
required microscopic examine within the St Helens pop up marine biology lab. Alongside
this guests had been in a position to take part with cetacean watches directed by the Sea
Watch Basis, occurring on the southwest coast of Lundy. Harbour Porpoises
had been seen regularly.

The BioBlitz continued into Friday, which noticed two snorkel
safaris led by the Islands warden Rosie Ellis. The snorkelers noticed some
incredible species together with Spiny Starfish, Star Ascidians, Lifelessman’s Fingers
and Plumose Anemones, to not point out the big faculty of sand eels, or as Rosie
calls them “puffin meals”. On Friday night our Marine skilled speak was hosted
by Dr Keith Hiscock about why Lundy’s marine life is so particular, in addition to the
improvement of conservation and adjustments to marine life over the previous 50 years.

Information assortment on the rocky shore continued into Saturday
with the invention of the non-native marine algae species Inexperienced Sea Fingers (Codium fragilis), generally mistaken with
native Velvet Horn Seaweed (Codium
). Additional microscopic examination revealed the specimen to be C. fragilis,
recognized by a small triangular level on the finish of every frond. The St Helens
centre pop up lab additionally had digital actuality headsets used to expertise diving
with Lundy’s curious seals, in addition to fascinating exhibitions which had been
praised by the general public.

The marine specialists continued figuring out specimens all through Sunday.
Throughout the afternoon, a rockpool ramble was held by wardens at Devils kitchen,
for the general public to discover Lundy’s marine life up shut. Some fascinating
species had been noticed Together with a Worm Pipefish, Velvet Swimmer Crabs and a
whopping 56 Celtic Sea Slugs.

On to the
birds and Swifts are persevering with to be seen each day. A excessive depend of 12 had been
seen on the eleventh. A number of extra Curlew had been seen with singles flying over on the
thirteenth and 14th. A Cormorant flew previous the Terrace on the thirteenth and Gray Heron
flew previous Jenny’s Cove being mobbed by all of the gulls on the sixteenth.

The cliffs
are getting quiet with most seabirds now headed out to sea. A max depend of 485
Puffins had been on the ocean at Jenny’s Cove. The Kittiwake chicks at our examine plot
are rising nicely with most close to to fledging.

Most surprisingly this week was a Merlin which flew over Quarter Wall in the course of the morning census. That is solely the third July document on the island with the final being in 2002.

Swallows have fledged from the church porch and a brand new pair have made a brand new nest
above the doorway. In the meantime people from additional north have began to
move by with a excessive depend of 16 on the seventeenth. 

The male
Track Thrush that has been singing in Millcombe since April has lastly stopped
after unsuccessfully discovering a mate. A Gray Wagtail flew over Millcombe on the
eleventh and a Tree Pipit flew over on the thirteenth.

The primary
Clouded Yellow of the yr was seen on the cliffs under Outdated Gentle on the eleventh.
Two Hummingbird Hawk-moths and a Painted Girl had been seen on the thirteenth.

The moth
entice has been busy in Millcombe with species together with Devonshire Wainscot,
Antler and Widespread Wave, which is new for the island.

S Cossey, R Ellis, Z Wait, D Laing, T McEvoy-Wilding, C Blackmore, S Blackmore, S Bosanquet


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