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…

You may be missing the beach at the moment, so check out my blog to be transported to the Cornish rock pools.

During this time it’s vital that all of us protect ourselves and others. Beaches are wonderful places, but it’s important that we avoid any crowded spots. As always, please take care not to disturb wildlife or leave any litter behind. I’ll be taking photos and sharing stories so that you can enjoy the best of the rock pools from wherever you are.

Rainbows playing in the water around an open strawberry anemone.

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.