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…

There was plenty of colour in the rock pools this week for the festive season, with bright anemones shining out of every pool. Although spring is still some months away on land, there are signs that the rock pool creatures are already getting set for the new season. This shore crab was carrying a full load of eggs under her tail, snails were laying their eggs on the seaweed, star ascidian colonies were forming and the Goniodoris nodosa sea slugs were gathering ready to spawn. The days are getting longer and an exciting new year is round the corner.

Green shore crab with eggs - Christmas eve 2018 in Looe
Green shore crab with eggs – Christmas eve 2018 in Looe

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!

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