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The Great Chesil Beach Eggcase Hunt

April 8, 2013

We had an impressive turnout on Good Friday at the first ever ‘Great Chesil Beach Egg Case Hunt’ ran by the team at The Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre. Over 20 children and their families joined in the search for shark, skate and ray egg cases to earn themselves a chocolate egg at the end.

Keen and Eggcited Eggcase Hunters!

Keen and Eggcited Eggcase Hunters!

Marc started the day with a fascinating talk about the egg cases on our shores, what we should be looking for, and the creatures that grow inside them.  He also explained the aim of the day: to help monitor and conserve the UK’s sharks, skates and rays by identifying and recording any egg cases found along the shore.

Despite the strong chilly breeze everyone was keen to get out and find as many egg cases as they could!

Searching for Eggcases - Eden Banks finds the first eggcase of the day.

Searching for Eggcases – Eden Banks finds the first eggcase of the day.

It didn’t long for everyone to find at least one eggcase each; nor did it take long for people to develop a passion for beach combing…  It wasn’t just the kids that enjoyed running around finding all the interesting objects the sea could throw up; I spotted a number of very excited adults discovering things such as cuttlefish bones, seafan skeletons and what a mermaid’s purse really was in real life.  I even overheard one parent say “it’s fantastic, I could do this all day” – quite a statement considering how cold the wind was!

The families came rolling back to the centre with bags full of egg cases and other intriguing items, ready to exchange them all for a chocolate egg.

Harry Phipps makes the egg-exchange.

Harry Phipps makes the egg-exchange.

William Mullen and Reece Baker, found an impressive 30 egg cases of four different species between them!  On receiving his chocolate egg reward William said: ‘It was really fun.  My favourite bit was running around finding things, I would come back to do it again.’

William Mullen and Reece Baker outside the Chesil Beach Centre.

William Mullen and Reece Baker outside the Chesil Beach Centre.

Overall over 200 egg cases were found by the families, an extraordinary number considering the short length of beach we covered!  It is also a great indication of just how wildlife-rich and important the waters are off Chesil Bank.

I think it is fair to say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon on the beach, and the crème egg reward at the end was just the cherry on top of the cake after a great day out.

"Although our ears got really cold, it was well worth it!" - Lilli, Kai, and Sienna Kenway

“Although our ears got really cold, it was well worth it!” – Lilli, Kai, and Sienna Kenway

There are many more upcoming events for children and adults at the Chesil Beach Centre.  If you would like to find out more about what’s on please visit the DWT Events Page.  Alternatively, you can pick up one of our events guides from the centre or phone Marc, Megan or Emily on 01305 206191.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events soon!

– Megan

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emma Rance permalink
    April 9, 2013 7:08 am

    Hi Megan, Great to hear you found so many egg cases. I’d be really interested to know what species were the most common and if you found any unusual ones. Keep up the good work.
    Thanks, Em

  2. Megan Lowe permalink
    April 10, 2013 12:56 pm

    Hi Emma, most of the eggcases we found were Thornback ray and Catshark, both of which topped the 100 mark! A few Blonde ray eggcases were found too, which certainly impressed me having not found one before!
    Thank you for asking,
    Megan

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