Your site choice is a very important aspect of your beachcombing experience. By selecting your beach carefully, you will get the most out of your field trip.
Factors impacting on your beachcombing experience include:
- The type of coastal habitat you’re exploring (including the adjacent habitats).
- Man-made structures such as groynes, jetties and stormwater drains.
- The tide and current predictions for the site and nominated day of your field trip.
- The weather prior to and on the day of your field trip.
- The time of year your beachcombing field trip is conducted – although winter isn’t that pleasant at the beach, it’s actually the best time to discover what’s amongst the sea wrack!
- Local council regulations regarding the clearing of sea wrack from the beach. (Note: some local councils will clear the beaches of sea wrack.)
When nominating the stretch of beach for your field trip, you will also need to consider the following factors:
- Accessibility, such as parking and path access to the beach.
- In the case of a limestone rocky shore – is your site a rock fall risk area?
- Are there amenities such as toilet facilities, picnic areas and appropriate shade?
- Do you require disability access?
A site visit prior to your field trip is highly recommended.