Welcome to Cornish Rock Pools

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

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If you are visiting a beach please take care not to disturb wildlife and check you haven’t left any litter behind.

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


My books are available from local bookshops, Waterstones, Browns, NHBS, Book Depository and other online retailers. Click here to order my books through Amazon

My first children’s book, Beach Explorer: 50 Things to See and Discover is jam-packed with hands-on beach activities, facts and quizzes for young adventurers and nature-lovers. Find out what makes beaches tick, how animals survive in the rock pools and what you can do to protect wildlife. Published by September Publishing.

Find out more in my launch video, made in partnership with my lovely local book shop, The Book Shop Liskeard.

And this interview with Talk Wildlife

Rock Pool: Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides is now out in paperback with this beautiful new cover!

Here’s a live Q&A all about rock pools and my book recorded with conservation charity The Marine Diaries:


Recent finds in the rock pools…

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Hermit crabs have to find a new empty sea snail shell every time they grow. Without a shell to hide in, the hermit crab’s soft curly tail is left exposed and vulnerable to attack from predators. When I spotted this hermit crab, it was clearly shell-less and in trouble. With Rock Pool Junior’s help, we soon found it a new shell and watched it move into its new home.

That soft curly tail fits perfectly inside a sea snail, holding the hermit crab’s home in place.


Cornish Rock Pools has twice been named ‘Blog of the Week’ by the BBC Wildlife Magazine and also won 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!

This website is a labour of much love and the content is available for free to everyone. My wonderful readers often ask if there is a way to support my work. You can now ‘buy me a coffee’ through my Ko-fi.uk page. (Just click donate and you can set the amount to pay by PayPal). Thank you!

For everyone who loves Cornwall's rock pools. Information about great beaches, marine wildlife and conservation.