Going for a walk along the beach and picking up a shell or something else we find is something nearly all of us do from time to time and whilst we think nothing of it this is the simplest form of beachcombing.
Whilst today beachcombing has grown bigger worldwide and like many things technology plays a great role in this. With our phones now able to take photos that are able to record the exact location and time of finds but also allows us to post these finds to social media and citizen science projects that allow our scientests and educators to access this detail more readily than ever before.
For those that have children they know how much fun it is for them to roll over a rock and find that crab or starfish and be amazed by its colours or the way it moves trying to scurry back into cover. This is also a great way to create and activity such as a treasure hunt to find a certain type of crab or stafish and learn from that about these species and where they come from or how to tell a male from a female. As we all look for ways to get out into nature and share that experience with others bechcombing offers a great way to do this and to learn as we go.
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