National Trust Purbeck Wildlife

Masked Crabs

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masked crab3Easterly winds cast up some masked crabs on Studland Beach yesterday and many visitors enjoyed seeing these unusual crabs, many for the first time (though sadly of course the crabs weren’t alive).
Masked crabs burrow under the sand in the shallow waters of the bay with only the antennae visible, channelling water down to the gills. They emerge at night to grab marine worms or crunch bivalve molluscs with their disproportionally long claws
Elsewhere, an osprey lingered at Middlebere for a couple of days (18-19th), content to view the harbour from a convenient telegraph pole. Migrants up on Hartland included redstart, lesser whitethroat and cuckoo (16th)

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Author: Kevin Rideout

National Trust Visitor Experience Officer based at Studland

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