Honeycomb Worms Found at Newport Sands

Honeycomb Worms at Newport Sands by Susan Copus, looking approx SE

Honeycomb Worms at Newport Sands by Susan Copus, looking approx SE

Honeycomb Worms at Newport Sands by Susan Copus

Honeycomb Worms at Newport Sands by Susan Copus

Earlier this month we received confirmation that Honeycomb Worm's are resident to Newport Sands and were found by a member of The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Honeycomb Worms or (Sabellaria alveolata) are part of our marine ecosystem and have hard skeletons and tubes that form biogenic (living) reefs in Welsh waters.

Susan Copus, a member of the Trust that found them said "This ‘rock’ is revealed in varying amounts throughout the tides and years. Back in 2012 I photographed the same rocks and looking at the photos now I cannot see the Honeycomb Worm hideyholes. There are now also smaller colonies, on the rocks under the cliffs."

It's very exciting to have a member of the Trust discover something exciting and rare!

Thank you to Susan for sharing this with us.