Since my childhood years I have had a fascination for beach-combing, especially on my annual summer holidays during which I spent hours wandering the Dorset and East Anglia coast looking for fossils and shells. When I moved to London in the 1980s, I had an opportunity to visit the Thames foreshore one evening and collected a few blue and white sherds. A decade later, I found those sherds and decided to revisit the river, where I found clay pipes and more sherds. In 2017, I applied for a ‘Thames Foreshore Permit’. All my finds are ‘by eye’ (no mechanical devices are used). This has given me the skills for a keen eye in my searches. I enjoy continually identifying and researching my finds, often with much appreciated help from fellow mudlarkers. Whilst mudlarking, I respect and enjoy observing the wildlife - Canadian and Egyptian geese especially with their young, live crustaceans and the occasional fox! Mudlark for me personally equates to ‘expect the unexpected’.
Photo © Hannah Smiles