Following the comments I received yesterday (on the Beach Glass post) about searching for messages in bottles on the beach, I realised that I don’t really find that many bottles washed up as flotsam. Most bottles have been left by picnickers and beach party goers. There were certainly more bottles and cans on Rhossili beach last week than I have ever seen in forty odd years of visiting the place. I know I do photograph rubbish but not usually that sort of rubbish.

I have come across a couple of interesting bottles that were genuine flotsam on the strandline. The photograph above shows a green glass bottle with a unique kind of stopper in the neck – a living Common Winkle.

The picture immediately below shows a bottle on which Stalked or Goose Barnacles have settled – demonstrating clearly that it has been floating in the sea for some time.

While the final picture shows the more typical find on the seashore – left after some late night partying.

Whatever the origin of the glass, its fate is to break, and it all ends up as beach glass, and reduces down to the size of grains of sand to merge with the beach sediments.


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3 Replies to “Bottles on the beach”

  1. Living in the city means that on our walks in nature we will often see a beautiful flower and right next to it will be a plastic bottle or a can . We give thanks by carrying a trash bag and picking up what litter we can. Never get it all but it does make us feel better.

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  2. Well done! Rubbish does blight the landscape. In the urban environment it is usually possible to collect the offending items and easily dispose of them in a suitable way. In rural or coastal locations, clearing up is more problematical because there might be too much rubbish for an individual to clear, it might be impossible to remove, it might be too heavy or too far to carry to a waste point. We do have beach clearing days here in the UK when teams of volunteers work together to remove flotsam and jetsam rubbish items. I have also seen incinerated (usually plastic) items on beaches – something which I think is maybe done by people like National Trust wardens to deal with large quantities of fishing net and the like that cannot be otherwise dealt with.

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