Welcome to Cornish Rock Pools

Thinking of going rock pooling in Cornwall? You’ve come to the right place.

Read on to find out where and how to rock pool, what you might find, my latest tips and discoveries and groups to join if you want to learn more.

My Cornish Rock Pools blog is the winner of the 2017 BBC Wildlife Magazine Blog of the Year Award!

Out now… Rock Pool: Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides, with September Publishing. Available from local bookshops, Waterstones, Browns, NHBS and online retailers.

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There’s something about rock pooling. It’s a window on the underwater world. It’s the freedom of wandering between the blue sky and sparkling sea, never knowing what you will find. It’s a joy every child should experience, and that every adult should rediscover.

Heather Buttivant – Creator of Cornish Rock Pools

A spiny starfish
A spiny starfish

Found in the rock pools this week…

February is a fantastic month for rock pooling and the shores are bursting with the signs of spring already. Some fish, sea slugs, snails and crabs have already laid their eggs and new seaweed is sprouting everywhere. I was mesmerised by the irridescent eyes of the weever fish in this week’s blog post. I’ve also been making the most of this week’s incredibly low spring tides so watch this space for more blogs to come very soon.

The weever fish lies still as I approach, watching me with shining green eyes.
The weever fish lies still as I approach, watching me with shining green eyes.

I’m delighted that Cornish Rock Pools has twice been named ‘Blogger of the Week’ in 2016 and 2017 by the BBC Wildlife Magazine and has also been named the winner of the 2017 BBC Wildlife Blog of the Year Award.

My first award was for my report on finding and photographing these gorgeous Scarlet and gold cup corals. Read more here.

Scarlet and gold cup coral in a Cornish rock pool
Scarlet and gold cup coral in a Cornish rock pool

 

Please do let me know if you find anything interesting or unusual. Happy rockpooling!

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