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Hints for hunters

Updated Thursday, 12th October 2006

If you're going beachcombing, plan your trip, keep yourself safe - and respect the environment by following our hints for hunters

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  • Be patient, go slowly and look carefully.
  • Look in rock pools, dig into the sand and mud and investigate the water's edge.
  • Leave organisms in their natural habitat.
  • If you turn over a rock to look for something, make sure you replace it when you are finished.
  • Be gentle when handling live organisms.
  • Be selective in the amount of (non-living) shells and organisms that you remove from the beach.
  • Do not remove pebbles or fossils for garden use; supplies are very limited and should be left where they are for the enjoyment of others.
  • Any suspicious objects, particularly metal canisters, must not be touched and should be reported to the coastguard.
  • Do not hammer any rocks or pebbles with anything other than a specialist geological hammer; ordinary domestic hammers are not designed for this purpose.
  • Stay clear of unstable cliffs and rock falls.
  • Always keep an eye on the incoming tide.
  • Wear sensible footwear when scrambling over rocks and boulders




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