Conditions were perfect for our intertidal survey at Hill Head - sunny, warm, and no wind. It was a pleasure to be on the beach! An impressive flock of 18 swans flew overhead while we were there, but our friends at Bird Aware Solent would be pleased to hear that we managed not to disturb any birds.
As part of our surveys we divide each beach into zones according to the presence of certain species or features. We usually do this by laying down a tape measure from the top of the beach to the water line, but the beach at Hill Head is bit more complicated. It's essentially flat but has mounds and channels, so for our zones we used a wooden groyne at the start, muddy sand with brown seaweed, a winkle dominated band with a mussel bed and red seaweeds, and ground exposed only briefly at the low water’s edge. We tried to map all this and, unlike at Calshot, these features seem to be in roughly the same locations as in previous years.