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!

Rock Pool: Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides, with September Publishing. Available from local bookshops, Waterstones, Browns, NHBS, Book Depository and other 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…

You may be missing the beach at the moment, so check out this week’s blog post a be transported to the Cornish rock pools.

During this time of restricted movement it’s vital that all of us protect ourselves and others by following advice to stay home except for essential activities and not to drive to the coast for walks. I will also be keeping to one well-distanced walk a day as long as it’s safe and permitted to do so, but I’ll be taking photos and sharing stories as often as I can, and I can always dip into my vast collection of images from previous years.

Spring has arrived in the rock pools and there is no shortage of colour and life. The sunshine has also made a welcome return this week, unleashing lots of tiny rainbows in the pools!

Rainbows playing in the water around an open strawberry anemone.

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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