Super-tides and frogspawn

Today and tomorrow will see the highest tides of the spring at Llanddwyn.  In fact, they’re probably the highest they’ll be for many springs to come (although the autumn tides this year will be higher still). The National Tidal and Sea Level Facility website has tidal predictions up until 2026 for the highest and lowest equinoctial tides. They don’t list Llanddwyn, because it’s too small, but they have data for Holyhead and they show that 2015’s tides will be the highest.

Thanks to last year’s storms that ate away at the sand cliffs so much, although the tide is super high, it is still possible to walk along Penrhos Beach at high tide.  It’s a bit slopey though – you could really do with one leg about six inches longer than the other!

The slopey side of Penrhos Beach where the sand cliffs used to be

The slopey side of Penrhos Beach where the sand cliffs used to be

Llanddwyn as a proper island at high tide

Llanddwyn as a proper island at high tide

Meanwhile, in the forest, the frogs have been spawning for about a week.  They have moved back to their old ditch/stream in the newly landscaped area on the Postman’s Trail. Every night new clumps of spawn are being added to the earlier batches: fingers crossed it is going to be a good year for the frogs.

Frogspawn - they're quite hard to spot amongst the reflections of the trees

Frogspawn – they’re quite hard to spot amongst the reflections of the trees

Frogspawn clumps - the newest are the darkest ones in the middle

Frogspawn clumps – the newest are the darkest ones in the middle

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