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Why Somerset's seas matter

"'Out of sight out of mind' was probably never more true than for the silt laden, muddy coloured waters of the Severn Sea," says Somerset Living Seas Ambassador Nigel Phillips. "It looks like nothing much would be living out there. But this is very deceptive. These waters team with marine life.  Sprats, whitebait, prawns, shrimps, skate,  conger eels,  marine worms, marine molluscs and crabs are just a few of the many hundreds of species living in these waters."

Coast & sea gallery

Somerset's coast and seas teem with marine life

Sanderling and one Dunlin at Dunster Beach by Nigel Phillips Pink Coral Seaweed and Green Sea Lettuce by Nigel Phillips Common Brittle Star at Gore Point by Nigel Phillips Baltic Tellins on Brean Sands - an important food for wildfowl and waders by Nigel Phillips Pointed Top Shell at Gore Point by Nigel Phillips Painted Goby by Nigel Phillips Blue Rayed Limpet by Nigel Phillips The red seaweed Sea Beach, Porlock Weir by Nigel Phillips Six Seaweed Species at Porlock Weir by Nigel Phillips Kelp at Gore Point by Nigel Phillips


Click the links below to discover some of Nigel's top marine finds:

Rockpool rambles

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The Exmoor coast is home to some of Somerset’s finest rockpools.

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Dolphins and seals

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Marine mammal sightings are common at the western end of Somerset’s coast.

What might I see?

Learn to love silt!

 Across the Severn to Awre 8 Oct 2008 c Karen Lloyd2

Find out why the large amounts of silts & debris in the Severn estuary is key to its importance as a home for marine life.

Love silt

Weird worms

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Somerset’s sea has extensive areas of low reefs built by the Honeycomb Worm.

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