Crabbing is an easy way to have fun with all ages and introduce children to the wonders of marine ecology.
The Green Shore Crabs found on the Essex coastline grow to about 3 inches and are opportunist scavengers. They live in the mud and amongst seaweed and will eat just about anything they come across.
We set the lines off the decking and eagerly wait to feel some movement!
Half the fun is seeing whether the crabs can be brought up without them letting go but if we do get them to the decking – they’re put in buckets of fresh sea water with some stones and seaweed ready to be studied by the group, before being released back into Tollesbury Creek.