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!

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…

I’ve always wanted to see a Snake pipefish (Entelurus aequoreus), a relative of the seahorses that can grow to almost the length of your arm. During a recent survey at Hannafore beach, Looe, I was lucky enough to spot this one swimming past my foot. It’s easily distinguished from other pipefish by the beautiful pale stripe markings down its sides, which act as the perfect camouflage among seagrass and seaweeds.

Snake pipefish showing off its distinctive trumpet nose and pale striped pattern.
Snake pipefish showing off its distinctive trumpet nose and pale striped pattern.

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 now 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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