Time and Tide Bell

A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast

Bell Beach Biology

A project to study the wildlife on the beach near the Time and Tide Bell on the Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe National Nature Reserve

What to do on the walk along the beach to the Bell?

We are initiating a piece of citizen science to make a long term survey of the marine biodiversity on this short stretch of beach between the Bell and the paths across the dunes to the Ferryboat Inn or the Crook Bank car-park. As you walk along see how many different species of sea-life you can find along the tide-line.

If you know what's what just make a note of the species you see. If less sure then pick it up (if it's an empty sea-shell rather than a whale) and take it to wherever you can look it up in a book, online or ask somebody who knows. Taking a photo might be useful. The just send us an email with a list of what you have found. For each species tell us whether there were loads of them, several, of just the odd few. And any other information you might think might be useful. If you can't identify a species just send us us a photo.

Please send us photos of your finds, preferably at the highest resolution your camera produces, and we'll post them here, building up a collection of what turns up on our beach.

British Coastal Wildlife (Collins Complete Guides) By Paul Sterry and Andrew Cleave may be one of the better books to get if you want help in identifying sea creatures. Other books are available.

Online resources

MarLIN The Marine Life Information Network

Beach Stuff

Countryfile - British seashell guide: how to identify and where to find

Wildlife Watch - Beaches and Coasts

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

First step to get involved: send us an email.


Common Oyster Ostrea edulis

Baltic Tellin Limecola balthica

Blunt Gaper Mya truncata

Icelandic Cyprine Arctica islandica

Arctica islandica is the last surviving species of the family Arcticidae that dates back to the Jurassic and reached its highest diversity in the Cretaceous ca 135-65 million years ago. Individual Icelandic Cyprines live for hundreds of years, possibly the oldest living animal.


We are a Community Arts Group bringing Marcus Vergette's sculpture to the Lincolnshire Coast, one part of a permanent installation of Time and Tide Bells around Britain's coast, rung by the sea at high tide.
We aim to spark conversations about the coastline's past, present and future with a programme of art exhibitions and events

Lincolnshire Time and Tide Bell Community Interest Company is a not-for profit organisation, registered at Companies House. Company Number 10934941