A few hours by the sea this evening and most of the day trippers have gone home. The beach is now empty apart from the Turnstones have taken over their shingle spit and are relaxing as the day ends.
Local Heron and an eel.
The Eel has recently suffered dramatic declines and is a protected species. It is famous for its mammoth migration from its freshwater home to the Sargasso Sea where it breeds. I have regularly seen eels being taken by Herons at Titchfield Nature Reserve. I have also found some on the beach.
Length: up to 1m
Average Lifespan: 15-70 years