Zonation & Exposure on Burry Holms

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 Rhossili Bay with the island of Burry Holms in the distance

Regular visitors to Jessica’s Nature Blog may already be aware from earlier posts that my interest in Rhossili Bay and Burry Holms goes back a long way. As an undergraduate I undertook a project on rocky shore zonation of marine invertebrates, seaweeds, and lichens in relation to exposure around the shores of this small island on the tip of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales.

I recently came across this dissertation and thought that it might be of interest to some readers as it still has relevance today for the understanding of seashore life in this location.

It was written in the days long before word processors and personal computers were available for the professional presentation of reports; so it was written in ink directly into a hard-backed notebook with accompanying hand-drawn graphs, tables, and sketches. Amazingly there are very few errors – just as well, as there was no correcting fluid then either. I have now scanned the original dissertation into a pdf file. [The result is mostly fine but with some poor quality where diagrams glued in as separate sheets have wrinkled or where sticky tape has deteriorated over time]. 

Click the link below for a copy of Zonation and exposure on the rocky shores around Burry Holms:


Burry Holms at low tide viewed from the south 

Zonation of seashore organisms on the exposed rocky shore of Burry Holms island at Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula.


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