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any idea what these are? are any edible? From Hope Gap near Seaford/ Cuckmere haven, E Sussex coastline...
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oops. how do I upload photos from my camera/ laptop? Help!!

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Check here in the 'help and how to' section.  Intrigued to see what you've found! 

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Here goes...!

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and 

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Phew!!!! smile

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The first picture looks like limpets, which are edible but apparently a bit of a faff to get off the rocks, the second pic looks like small scallops but they could be more limpets. Not good on seaweed so no idea...some sort of wrack I think but no idea if it's edible...not much help really, sorry

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that's ok, thanks!!! there are millions of limpets and sea-snails(?) everywhere, and seaweed. also, do you know how to find live/edible mussels? there were empty shells EVERYWHERE but i couldn't see whole ones!

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wave You may have to wait for low tide or the shells may just have been birds feeding and brought from further along the shore.  Make sure if you pick mussels that they are coming from a pollution free shoreline.

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Limpets, other limpets and seaweed various.  I totally recommend the River Cottage Seashore foraging guide - very helpful indeed.

Limpets - hmm.  I'm not that convinced of the edible qualities though they would give a good taste to a bouillabaise style base I thought.

Robin Harford is also massively knowledgable and there's masses of info on his website.  Good luck and enjoy your foraging!  i_am_hungry

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Razor clams are, apparently, quite easy to harvest just by pouring salt down their breathing hole in the sand. When they pop their heads out grasp them and gently tease them out.

 

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Yes, I have seen that on TV programmes about collecting shell fish. wave

 

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thanks! I'm not sure if I can do the salt on razor-clams thing... i'm too squeamish for that!! there so much of the Downs and shore here in Seaford/ Cuckmere haven to discover that i'm probably have to wait til the spring/ next summer to figure it out! I was lucky enough to find HUNDREDS to blackberry bushes today though, and will go back when they're ripe. Yum!

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ooh you lucky thing Tanya, we have brambles all down our lane, but noticed dog walkers picking them all on sunday - frown

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Just remember the rule of not gathering shellfish in months without an R in them.  It's not that you'll get il but this is their breeding season so if we all did it there'd be none left!

Limpets change sex as they grow so if you do gather them get a mix of sizes - the big ones are all female so we need to be careful not to cause a massive imbalance in the population preventing further ickle limpets coming along.  Also spread any gathering of them out over the shore as they don't move a lot so taking them all from one place would similarly decimate the population.

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all the blackberries were red and totally unripe... i hope we get a chance to pick some soon!!

thanks for the sea-foraging info... I got my book today and will be taking it next time! I realised that some of the beautiful flowers on yesterday's walk looked so familiar because they were wild strawberries, only I didn't remember this at the time so I don't have any. Doh!!!

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The blackberries are very late in ripening this year. I have a few which have gone black in the last few days but they are not as fat & juicy as previous years.

 

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