Beach finds 11, 08-11-19

Visited Durgan Beach and Grebe Beach, then Trebah Garden – which includes Trebah Beach – on the east shores of the Helford River.

Durgan Beach, Grebe Beach, and Trebah Beach. 8th November 2019.

1 king scallop (Pecten maximus) shell pair, which were found attached, but became unattached when the remanants of their previous occupant were removed. Apart from needing emptying and cleaning, it’s a perfect pair, inside and out – no holes or keel worm deposits. Grebe Beach.

1 rayed artemis (Dosinia exoleta) shell pair, attached. Trebah Beach.

3 common periwinkles (Littorina littorea). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

5 netted dog whelks (Tritia reticulata). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

21 flat periwinkles (Littorina obtustata). Beautiful range of colours! Mostly from Durgan Beach.

1 spotted cowrie (Trivia monacha). Durgan Beach.

2 grooved top shells (Jujubinus striatus). Durgan Beach.

4 grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

3 flat top shells (Gibbula umbilicaulis). Grebe and Durgan beaches.

1 thick top shell (Phorcus lineatus). Durgan Beach.

11 turban top shells (Gibbula magus). Trebah Beach.

2 weathered scallop fragments. Trebah Beach.

17 pieces of sea glass, collected from all three beaches.

5 pieces of ceramic… the small one could be melamine though. One is stoneware, and the other three are… white – porcelain/china/clay? Also from all three beaches. I mentioned before not finding any so far between Penzance and Marazion, and the two with detailled decorations are the first ‘good’ (imo) sea pottery pieces I’ve found since I started beachcombing in Cornwall.


Caught up! Yay. Except there isn’t an end to beach excursions and hauls. But from now on they’ll only be weekly.

Trebah’s a lovely garden, great for gunneras and hydrangeas, but until I’ve caught up with transferring photos to Tumblr, I don’t want to write any more long posts – as it is I’m having to update the urls of existing entries.

Trebah Garden. 8th November 2019.

Beach finds 10, 05-11-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 5th November 2019.

1 slipper limpet (Crepidula fornicata).

1 banded wedge shell (Donax vittatus) pair, attached.

1 rayed trough shell (Mactra stultorum) pair, attached.

2 thick top shells (Phorcus lineatus).

3 flat top shells (Gibbula umbilicaulis).

7 grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria).

The difference between those two Gibbula species is apparent in these examples, and I’m finding it a lot easier to tell now, although since they’re both abundant, I have enough, but may still collect those of unusual size or markings in future.

1 netted dog whelk (Tritia reticulata) shell.

5 flat periwinkle (Littorina obtustata) shells.

5 common periwinkle (Littorina littorea) shells.

1 weathered bivalve fragment.

1 weathered ceramic fragment, white with 2 or 3 ridges across one side.

2 more of the usual pale blue ceramic fragments.

93 pieces of glass, and somehow not a single brown – not that it’s that common anyway. Plenty of large pieces though, notably the huge seafoam green one at the top.


Concluded my first week of eBay sales since moving. Back in business. 📦

Beach finds 9, 02-11-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 2nd November 2019.

There are a lot of limpets all along that coast, they’re the most common shell by far, however the one I collected seems different, and I think that’s because it’s a black-footed limpet (Patella depressa) rather than the common limpet (P. vulgata); the location fits with its distribution.

So, 1 black-footed limpet shell (Patella depressa).

1 banded wedge shell (Donax vittatus) pair, attached.

3 top shells, I think they’re all grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria).

2 small weathered scallop fragments.

1 large ceramic fragment from the bottom edge of a round container. Plain but clear glazed on the inside and outside, and nicely weathered.

1 small ceramic fragment, painted red and orange on white.

1 piece of… something, either ceramic or opaque glass… maybe (lime green) coloured modelling clay? It has a neat hole through it so it could have once been a bead. And may become a bead again. 📿 

2 more pieces of the usual pale blue (well, a range of different pale blues) ceramic, and one of them has a man-made ridge on one side.

124 pieces of glass, including another cornflower blue! And some nice olives.


Nearly caught up – 2 more beach days left… and then there will be more but not every day, and perhaps with some horticulture inbetween!

Beach finds 8, 31-10-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 31st October 2019.

1 part of a doorknob? Or other brass object.

1 OLFA pocket knife, fully working, with a sharp blade. The plastic is clearly worn by the waves though, and the lettering would once have been gold.

1 driftbrush. A brush which has been worn smooth, and all the bristles are still there, just functioning as a pattern now.

1 venus clam (Chamelea gallina) shell pair, and 1 smaller half.

1 rayed trough shell (Mactra stultorum) half.

1 common cockle (Cerastoderma edule) half.

3 top shells, I think they’re all grey top shells (Gibbula cineraria), but the white one might be a flat top shell (G. umbicularis).

3 pieces of weathered bivalve shell.

1… piece of something – white-to-red gradient with white bumps of uneven size. I thought it might be ceramic at first but it’s probably part of a crustacean exoskeleton.

192 pieces of glass, including a gorgeous range of blues.

Possibly best haul so far (including the few still left to post).


Looking into the knife further, I found out that the design was patented in 1979, and it’s this early model:

A dodgy translation classic! (hence the old watermark which is on all instances of this image)

It’s lived up to the claim of ‘rustproof’.

Beach finds 7, 28-10-19

Not all beach finds, this is instead the collection from the day’s exploring.

St Ives Bay: Hayle to Godrevy and back again. 28th October 2019.

From the 3 mile long almost entirely sandy beach:

5 weathered shell fragments from dog cockles (Glycymeris glycymeris), and one from some other bivalve.

1 striped venus clam (Chamelea gallina) (half) shell.

6 pieces of glass, nowhere near as good quality as what can be found between Penzance and Marazion, but frosted and without imperfections.

From Carnsew Pool, a tidal pool in the Hayle estuary:

7 common cockle (Cerastoderma edule) (half) shells. There were dozens there so I selected a range of forms, and now certainly have enough of this species now so unless I find a whole one, I won’t collect any more in future.

From Hayle town, growing in a roadside green next to Copperhouse Pool: three Furcraea parmentieri seed pods, two of which I sowed the seeds from, and the other one remains closed until spring. No germination yet but it’s only been a week.

Beach finds 6, 27-10-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 27th October 2019.

A heart-shaped part of a crab shell, possibly a European green crab (Carcinus maenas), which is very delicate so it’s gone straight into the display cabinet instead of into a jar with that day’s finds.

2 flat periwinkle shells (Littorina obtusata).

1 grey top shell (Steromphala cineraria).

6 weathered scallop fragments.

3 ceramic pieces, nothing very decorated, but pleasing nonetheless.

1 possibly opaque glass? Pretty colour (it’s the blue/turquoise one).

and 135 pieces of glass, including an unusual yellow colour (top left), and possibly the largest piece of cobalt so far.


Over half way through catching up with these. Although I have beach walks scheduled for Friday and Monday so…

This is much more fun than moving photos across to Tumblr, which is still a thing that’s happening and there are 4 months of life left to reupload.

Beach finds 5, 13-10-19

Penzance to Marazion and back again. 13th October 2019.

1 half (valve) of a rayed trough shell (Mactra stultorum).

4 top shells (Gibbula sp.).

1 weathered bivalve fragment – cockle or scallop probably.

1 piece of the pale blue ceramic that has become a regular find along the Mount’s Bay walk, and 1 piece of white ceramic with one rib which I imagine went around a container horizontally if that’s what it was.

101 pieces of glass – much more brown than usual this time, and larger pieces than usual. And one grain of electric blue.