Skip navigation
You are here: Home > NaturePlus > Nature Live > Blog

Manage categories

Close

Create and manage categories in Nature Live. Removing a category will not remove content.

Categories in Nature Live
Add a new category (0 remaining)

Manage Announcements

Close

Create and manage announcements in Nature Live. Try to limit the announcements to keep them useful.

Announcements in Nature Live
Subject Author Date Actions

Welcome to the Nature Live community

Nature Live in the Museum's Attenborough Studio

If you've been to a Nature Live show, or are planning a visit, this is where you can join the conversation.

Get involved with the debates, talks and other events hosted by the Nature Live team. Browse and comment on blog posts and discover the research of Museum scientists as they perform field work in some of most biologically diverse and beautiful locations on the planet.

Visit the Field work with Nature Live blog

Find out more about Nature Live

Featured blog post

Refresh this widget
0

With our satellite dish at the ready, the sun shining and half a dozen Museum scientists raring to go, last weekend's Nature Live events went down a storm!

Camera action.JPG

 

Linking back to the studio from the harbour in Lyme Regis, we brought the annual Fossil Festival to South Kensington. For visitors who were unable to visit the south coast in person, we revealed why Lyme Regis is THE place to go fossil hunting and showed our audiences some of the weird and wonderful specimens that can be found there.

 

lyme2.jpg

Museum curator Zoe Hughes reveals an Ammonite, found in the local area.

 

P1020418.JPG

Does this count as Big Pond dipping?

 

Sunday's events brought us up to date with the organisms that call our seashore home. I was out first thing trying my luck with my bucket and net. I think I was the oldest 'rock-pooler' on the beach!  Unfortunately, I didn't manage to find very much, except for lots of seaweed ... but this proved to be far more interesting than I had first thought!

 

Museum scientist Lucy Robinson explained that there are many different species of seaweed to be found along our coastline, varying in colour, shape and size. She also explained the various ways seaweeds and their extracts can be used - in toothpaste, ice-cream, fertilizer and cosmetics (to name but a few).

 

And of course, some types of seaweed can be eaten - such as sea lettuce. Lucy and I decided to give it a go ... our conclusion, it's very salty and a bit crunchy (but I think that may have been sand!)  To find out more about seaweed and how to identify them, visit our Big Seaweed Search pages.

 

Its all about the icecream.JPG

Yum!

 

Lyme Regis is a great place to visit at any time of the year. If you're interested in fossil hunting, look out for the many guided walks that are on offer throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to explore the beaches with a local palaeontologist who knows what to look out for and who can tell you more about the fossils that are found there.

 

And if you'd like to experience the Fossil Festival for yourselves, put this date in your diaries: Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 May 2014. If this year is anything to go by, it will be another great weekend!

More

About Nature Live

Nature Live logo

The Nature Live team host daily events in the Museum's Attenborough Studio.

From ladybird spotting and dinosaurs to bat winter survival strategies and how nature inspires fashion, our regular Nature Live talks and events with the experts are an enjoyable way to explore the natural world.

See what's on

Actions

Notifications

Follow @NatureLive