News
Oct 16, 2017

Love is in the Air!


Marine Conservation Society need your help to look out for love on the beach this autumn and winter.

 

We need to know more about how climate change affects an important food source for wading birds like the oystercatcher - the lugworm.

 

These worms produce those little coils of sand you see on the shoreline. They spend their lives in their burrows so their opportunities to meet a mate are limited. Instead, the males release sperm which collects in “puddles” on the surface of the beach. When the tide comes in, the sperm is washed down into the burrows of the females and fertilises their eggs. 


Not a lot is known about the process - all that we do know is that specific environmental conditions are needed to trigger the release of the sperm and the egg at the same time.

 

This is where we need your help. 

 

Will you look out for signs of passion on the beach this autumn and winter?

 

It only takes 45 minutes and it's an easy way to take part in hands-on science - all you need to do is download some simple instructions and get recording between now and December 1st. 

 

For more information click here

Solway Firth Partnership