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…

Rockpooling has been one of the few activities I have been fortunate enough to enjoy all through 2020. I haven’t been able to invite others along in the usual way, but sharing some of my finds here and through my writing has allowed me to bring the rockpools to more people and to make new connections in these difficult times . There is precious little to celebrate about the year behind us and as a proud European, I am grieving for what we will lose tonight, but the beauty of nature endures and is always worth fighting for. Now, more than ever, we must find ways to work together to make a difference.

Enjoy some highlights from a year in the rock pools with this week’s blog. Happy New Year to all!

Dahlia anemone

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!

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