The shore comprises a narrow cove with boulders lining either side of a slipway. There is a river that forms a small waterfall on the upper shore before flowing beneath the boulders to the sea.
The cove experiences high wave exposure and is characterized by an extended splash zone with lichens and periwinkles, elsewhere barnacles dominate with an increased abundance of limpets and robust seaweeds towards the low water mark.
These communities fall within the habitat classifications LR.FLR.Lic (Lichens on supralittoral rock), LR.HLR. MusB (Mussel and/or barnacle communities), LR.HLR.FR (Robust fucoid and/or red seaweed communities) and LS.Sa.st (Strandline).
|Boulders with barnacles and lichina pygmaea. Barnacles open up to feed whilst the tide is high.|
Boulders of the mid shore at low tide with barnacles and robust fucoids. Barnacles are closed to prevent desiccation and fucoid seaweeds become crisp and limp. Habitat classification: LR.HLR.FR (Robust fucoid and/or red seaweed communities).
|The same habitat whilst the tide is in. Barnacles open to feed and the fucoids stand erect supported by air bladders.|
|Robust fucoid and red seaweed communities of the lower shore lie flat and limp on the lower shore. Habitat classification LR.HLR.FR (Robust fucoid and/or red seaweed communities)|
|Large quantities of seaweed accumulate in the cove to form a stand line whilst the tide is out. Habitat classification: LS.Sa.st (Strandline).|
|At high tide wrasse come into feed on the small crustaceans that feed on this seaweed.|