Secrets Of The Submerged Forest
Borth Beach, Borth, Ceredigion, Wales
Borths sunken forest is home to many different species of birds and sea life.
Sea birds such Black Headed Gulls,Chroicocephalus ridibundus (2) feed on the invertebrates which live in the submerged forest.
Huge amounts of invertebrate life can be found, some species such as Common Piddock, Pholas dactylus (5) burrow into the soft peat and wood, where the piddock will live out it’s 8 year life, once it dies the hole will become home to a wide range of animals.
Common Whelk, Buccinum undatum are a large molluscs which are normally found below the sub-littoral zone although due to the resent stormy activity it is likely they were washed up the beach, this is probably true of most of the species which could be found in the small pools, a few Blue Mussels, Mytilus edulis (8) and Rough Cockle, Acanthocardia tuberculata (9) could be found.
The highlight was a Common Starfish, Asterias rubens, it’s not often that I find these alive and many of the specimens washed up on the beach were dead or dying with limbs missing but one was holding out in a pool and seemed to be waiting for the next tide