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Beaches and Bathing Water Quality – Ireland

in Beaches/Fresh

Why are our beaches clean? Several organisations deserve our gratitude – along with numerous anonymous strangers who voluntarily clean up their local beaches.

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Where do the swirls in the sand come from?

in Fresh/Nature/Sea Creatures
Rossglass Beach

Have you ever considered where all those curly-wurly squiggly designs come from on a beach. I had presumed it was some sort of sand and sea related physical process – belonging to the realms of physics or chemistry. But I was wrong. Quite wrong! 

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Shingle Beach

in Fresh/Nature
Rossglass Beach

When most people think of beaches they think of sand. They do not want to rest upon a thousand bumpy stones. Beaches decorated with pebbles rather than sand are called shingle beaches. Shingle beaches are common – Britain has thousands of them, although Japan and New Zealand have more. There is a national registry of…

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Rossglass – Nature and People – Together or Apart?

in Irish Sea
Rossglass Beach

Rossglass has an extended beach, a mixture of sand and various rocks of different sizes. St John’s Lighthouse is in the distance. The site is also the first in Northern Ireland to have a bye-law to protect  shore-nesting birds and seal pups from disturbance during their breeding season.

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Brighton Beach and Seafront

in Featured/Other Ports/Ports & Resorts

My first impression of Brighton’s famed shore was the dark spectre of what I later learned to be the old West Pier. It sits in the sea like a deserted oil rig, and, unbeknownst of its history I was surprised that such a bleak industrial structure would be allowed distract the views of visitors to…

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Ringneill Quay

in Prehistoric/Recent
Ringneill Quay

Ringneill is a promontory enclosed on three sides by Strangford Lough. There is a causeway to Reagh Island and to the early monastery of Nendrum on Mahee Island.  The area around Ringneill Quay was once a busy place. Fishing boats on Strangford Lough anchored here, and a thousand years before we would have seen Vikings. Ringneill…

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