Operation Crayweed is working to restore underwater forests of crayweed (scientific name Phyllospora comosa) on the reefs where it once flourished between Palm Beach and Cronulla.
During the 1980s crayweed disappeared completely from the metropolitan area. The high volumes of poorly treated sewage that were pumped directly off Sydney’s coastline before the 1990s is the probable cause of its decline.
The aim of Operation Crayweed is to re-establish this seaweed habitat and food source which is essential for Sydney’s coastal marine biodiversity.
The project team have put together a visually impressive and interesting website that is well worth visiting – see Operation Crayweed.
This coming Saturday 14 March is the annual Back to Prince Henry Day.
Amongst the other activities, this is a great opportunity to visit the wonderful Nursing And Medical Museum and to learn about the history of the Prince Henry Hospital and the development of medicine in Australia.
The museum has a fascinating collection that includes a working iron lung, historical surgical instruments and heritage photographs. Former nurses, members of the Prince Henry Hospital Trained Nurses Association, will be on hand to tell you about the exhibits and their own experiences working in the hospital, to which they feel a very strong attachment.
The museum is at 2 Brodie Avenue, Little Bay and is open 10am – 4pm. All are welcome, it is free, and the museum is wheelchair accessible.
Caroline Ford’s book Sydney Beaches – A History is about to be published and will be of great interest to all who have an interest in Sydney, its history and its magnificent beaches.
I heard Caroline speak about her research at a Randwick and District Historical Society Saturday History Talk. I know that she is deeply interested in her subject, has done a great deal of research and has collected some wonderful images, so I am sure the book will be one to add to your local and Australian history collection.
Note that a 20% discount offer is currently available when ordering from newsouthbooks – details of how to claim the discount are on the flyer.
Often when I swim at Little Bay, early or late in the season and towards evening, I am alone in the water, and there are few people on the beach.
Swimming across the bay with no one to distract me, even on a calm day I notice the constant muffled roar of the swell breaking on the rocky shoreline of the outer bay and on the reef at the mouth of the inner bay.
I decided to try to capture this beautiful, soothing sound – and some of the other sounds of the bay.
There will be a king tide at Little Bay on Sunday 13 July. The king high of 2.1 metres will peak at 8:58 PM on Sunday night followed by the king low of 0.1 metres (a full two metres lower) at 3:35 AM on Monday morning.
Unfortunately these times are not suitable for observation. However if you can get to the beach on Monday morning you should be able to observe from the tide line in various places how high the tide rose. Photos I could post on this site would be most welcome.
If we were to receive more rough weather, it might create a storm surge that could push the tide further up the beach than the expected 2.1 metres.
The Sunday afternoon low tide preceding the king high will also be quite low – 0.3 metres at 2:28 PM – and worthy of observation.
In October and November last year, many Short-tailed Shearwaters (Mutton birds) were found dead on local beaches including Little Bay:
Short-tailed Shearwater (Mutton bird) found dead at Little Bay, November 2013
An explanation for their demise in such large numbers can be found here.
Every year from late March onwards, thousands of shorebirds leave the shores of Australia to embark on their arduous 10,000 km journey northwards to breeding grounds in Siberia and the Arctic. Late in the year, they make a return journey to their summer habitats in Australia.
If you are interested in learning more about Mutton birds and some of the other 35 migratory Australian shorebird species, BirdLife Australia is organising a nationwide event, Farewell Shorebirds.
Farewell Shorebirds will run from mid-April until mid-May, concluding on World Migratory Bird Day (10 May). The campaign:
highlights the captivating story of the shorebirds’ annual global migration from Australia to the Arctic
explores why the birds make this incredible journey
explains how they rely on Australia’s wetlands, coastlines and estuaries for their survival.
Farewell Shorebirds is an online campaign supported by new and existing on-ground activity. Register online to:
farewell Australia’s amazing Shorebirds this April / May
follow news of this year’s migration
receive weekly webcasts
find out about local birding activities
enter a draw for prizes.
For more about BirdLife Australia’s work to protect and foster understanding of our shorebirds, see Australia’s national shorebird monitoring program – Shorebirds 2020.
I raised the need for steps to be taken to save Little Bay’s marine life in an earlier post and suggested signage to discourage collecting of sea animals. A potentially more enforceable option would be for Little Bay to be made an Intertidal Protected Area (IPA). Long Bay (Malabar) has this status:
Long Bay (Malabar) is an Intertidal Protected Area
I will be contacting Randwick City Council and the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries to discuss options.