There be lots of islands, so this might be an I for an Irritatingly long post! ...
|Scilly Isles off Lands End, Cornwall:|
Looking across Tresco, one of the five
inhabited islands (28 mi/45 km offshore)
I is for Islands ... it is estimated that Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) has a total of 6,289 islands, most in Scotland. 803 of these are large enough to have been digitised: information courtesy of Alistair McConnachie and his Sovereignty publication.
Northern Ireland shows 160 islands: 57 offshore and 103 on inland lakes.
The three British Crown Dependencies are:
|Kingdom of Mann - about 1100AD -|
showing numerous islands
The Bailiwick of Guernsey in the English Channel, has 8 main islands and at least 49 rocky outcrops.
The Bailiwick of Jersey also in the English Channel, has a motley selection of 273 islands or island groups ...
The Isle of Man in the Irish Sea has two main islands with a number of rocky outcrops .. about 30 in all ...
|Calf of Man, over Calf Sound|
... totalling approximately 6,800 islands ... of which about 1,000 have settlements, though some of the tiny islands may have a croft farm or two ... or have become bird sanctuaries, or nature reserves ...
Calf of Man, Isle of Man .. is now a bird observatory to the many Manx shearwaters that live there. Calf comes from the Norse word kalfr, which conveniently means a small island off a larger one.
Lundy Island in the Bristol Channel is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for both its birds and the Marine Conservation zone. 28 people live on the island, which apart from the research and protection aspects mainly looks after a thriving tourism industry. See Wiki for more info and my post on Lundyand its Puffin Money.
|Inside a Rock Pool: Beadlet anemones, whelks,|
limpets, jellyfish and Coralina (red seaweed)
One last island fact – to my surprise apparently GB is the ninth largest island in the world, but is the third most populous: after Java (Indonesia) and Honshu (Japan).
Inside a Rock Pool – a natural world in miniature – a specialised habitat in which plants and animals live together.
|Searching around ...|
The wondrous world of salty water and plenty of ‘funny’ things to look at by little ones as they peer into, poke around and see what moves inside the rock pool ...
|Beadlet anemone in full flow|
Anemones prepare for low water by folding-in their tentacles becoming jelly-like-blobs, to avoid drying out ...
|Common prawns hiding|
The plants capture light-energy from the sun and obtain nutrients from seawater. They provide food for winkles, limpets etc – these are eaten by flesh-eating animals such as starfish, small fish, whelks ...
|A composite via Wiki|
of Black-backed gulls
... and there are the crabs, prawns and other scavengers that eat both plant and animal material. Water sievers such as barnacles and mussels consume tiny particles of floating food ...
... the great black-backed gull prowls among the rock pools, stabbing at anything edible with its strong bill. Rock-pool fish live in danger ... from predators, as well as the tidal flow ...
|Sea Loch - c/o Wiki|
by Steve Partridge
Inside rock-pools - life must hold on tight ...
In sea coasts, an inlet usually refers to the actual connection between a bay and the ocean or sea ... the Irish or Scottish Gaelic word for a lake and a sea inlet is a loch.
I is for Inspiration ... “Brighton: the front, and the chain pier seen in the distance” – by Frederick William Woledge (active 1840) ... as Brighton developed in the late 1700s and early 1800s, it inspired many to sketch and paint this scene ... including Turner, Constable
John Betjeman rated Portloe Harbour, Cornwall as one of the “least spoiled and most impressive” of Cornwall’s fishing villages: see The Guardian’s article onHarbours.
That is I for Islands: too many to mention; the fascinating world Inside a rock pool; long Inlets called L for lochs; Inspiration for kiddlies, naturalists, artists and writers ... and an I for Irritatingly long post!: apologies ... but ... from Aspects of British Coasts ...
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