Debris on the beaches

Tideline at Cala de Enmedio

The debris from the floods further up the coast last week near Vera has drifted down to the beaches of the Cabo de Gata. Even the body of the poor British woman last seen alive clinging to a lamp post at Vera Playa was found this week in the sea off Los Escullos.

Cala de Enmedio

This morning we took the dogs for a walk to Cala de Enmedio to see the state of the beach.


There was a long, wide pile of debris all along the tideline.

Debris, mostly cane from farms

This mostly comprised cane, obviously from the fields that had been flooded, but mixed with this was driftwood, bottles, plastic and large pieces of tubing.

The sea is now clear again

Earlier this week we noticed vast amounts of debris floating just offshore at Las Negras and it was impossible to swim in the sea. Now it has all washed up, the sea is clear again and at Cala de Enmedio it was lovely for swimming. In the papers this morning it was announced that the local government is to start a big clean-up operation on the beaches.

From the path to the beach

Cala de Enmedio is a not just a beautiful beach for sunbathing and swimming. The walk to it is of botanical interest, now there is Urginium maritimum along the path ….

Cliffs at Cala de Enmedio

…. and the rock formations of the cliffs either side fascinating.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Debris on the beaches

  1. ambersol says:

    Yes, I’ve just come back from some serious timber shifting on the beach at San Jose. It’s a huge natural disaster and at such times it’s great to feel part of one big community pulling together to clean up the park that we all love so much.

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