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 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 1 April 2021 with 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!

Recent finds in the rock pools…

We often have stormy weather in Cornwall, but the fierce easterly winds we experienced this winter were particularly damaging to my local rock pool wildlife. In this week’s blog we go looking for the nursery of St Piran’s hermit crabs to see whether the young crabs have survived the storms.

St Piran’s hermit crab (adult) – Clibanarius erythropus.


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!

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