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Discover the real stars of our shorelines

Bloody Henry starfish. Picture by Polly Whyte - Earth in Focus

Bloody Henry starfish. Picture by Polly Whyte - Earth in Focus

The stars of the show, or shore, are to be highlighted later this month as the Wildlife Trusts host their National Marine Week.

Running from Saturday, July 26 to Sunday, August 10, a hosts of events is on offer to day-trippers and holidaymakers who want to savour Northumberland’s shores and discover what lies beneath the waves, ranging from rockpool rambles to seaside strolls along the strandline.

The Wildlife Trusts’ focus this year is on five of the 13 starfish species which can be seen around the UK coast; the common, spiny, brittle, bloody Henry starfish and the cushion star.

Steve Lowe, head of conservation at Northumberland Wildlife Trust, said: “Starfish are a great example of how one species can be absolutely vital to its wider environment.

“They help maintain a delicate balance in coastal ecosystems through eating mussels and barnacles which can be prolific. Starfish may be weird, but they are also wonderful.”

 

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