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 books are available from local bookshops, Waterstones, Browns, NHBS, Book Depository and other online retailers.

Out now

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.

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

Click here to order my books through Amazon

Found in the rock pools this week…

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.

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

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!

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

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