A Saturday in January with high winds and rain doesn’t sound the most promising time to study wildlife, but with the help of Ian Wallace from World Museum Liverpool, we were able to spend an enjoyable day learning about aquatic molluscs (that’s shells to most of us).  Indeed Ian arrived with boxes of just about everything that could be found on the local beaches.  OK so some of it was a bit smelly but it was no worse than the dung beetle workshop we ran last year.  At least not after we’d opened the windows.

Ian’s efforts are part of the Liverpool Bay Marine Recording Partnership (LBMRP) which is working to encourage recording on the area’s beaches.  After the workshop we were able to put names to all the common shells of the area and quite a lot of other things too.  Have you seen dead man’s fingers?   Can you distinguish shell damage caused by coral and tubeworm?  And you would be amazed how many American invaders have reached the Liverpool area.  Ian provided some excellent fully-illustrated identification guides and we gave them a thorough workout, following which he hopes to make them available on the rECOrd website (whisper – I have a few copies remaining if any CAN members want to send me an SAE!)

As usual we were pleased to thank the Rocksavage Power Company for the use of their meeting room, and provision of food and refreshments.  Our work would be a lot harder without their support.

Quote of the day from Andy “Its a damned sight easier than beetles isn’t it?”