The submerged forest at Daymer Bay

Gill's report:

Looking for signs of the forest

January 24th came in fair and sunny for 21 well wrapped up enthusiasts keen to see the remnants of forests in Daymer Bay which were growing four to five thousand years ago when climate was slightly warmer than today and the seas were lower.
Jane Anderson, local geologist who works with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, explained how the alkaline peat bed formed and opened our eyes to the unusual but not immediately obvious evidence which has been exposed by recent storms. As well as several rooted tree stumps, Neolithic shell middens and fossil soils containing land snail shells looking remarkably fresh, were seen. This is an important exposure and more research is ongoing. We were very lucky to have witnessed such a rare sighting and to have it so lucidly explained. 
Close up of tree stump Fallen tree trunk Snail shells preserved in the peat 

Church of St Enodoc

With the exceptionally low tide on the turn we then strolled up over the dunes in the sunshine to visit St.Enodoc church, much loved by poet John Betjeman, and then back of course to a much appreciated cuppa and cake!
 
Oyster shell from the midden Tree stumps in the peat (Jane Anderson) 
Thank you to both Gill and Jane for showing us this quite incredible piece of landscape history. 

Sun on the sand(JB)Circular peat bed