Shore Search Hannafore Cornwall

Join the search – Help monitor our Cornish Rock Pools

The summer holiday may be over, but there are still some great opportunities to get your feet wet in Cornish rock pools this autumn.

Next week we’ll see some of the lowest tides of the year and Cornwall Wildlife Trust will be making the most of it with a week of Shore Search expeditions to locations around Cornwall. It’s a sure-fire way to find new things and be inspired by like-minded people.

Shore Search Hannafore Cornwall
Shore Search at Hannafore

The Shore Search project provides a simple method to monitor changes in our intertidal wildlife. As a volunteer, you will take part in a timed survey looking for particular species that are of interest, such as rare stalked jellyfish and alien seaweeds and animals.

A stalked jellyfish - Haliclystus octoradiatus
A stalked jellyfish – Haliclystus octoradiatus

 It’s also a chance to monitor species that may change their geographical range due to climate change, such as the Snakelocks anemone and the Painted topshell.

Anemone in a Cornish rock pool.
Snakelocks anemone

The timed search is combined with a transect survey and a record of the abundance of different species to create a snapshot of the wildlife on the shore.

Painted topshell in Cornish Rock Pool
Painted topshell

Anyone can volunteer. Just come along to any of the dates below to try it out.

Latest Dates and Times

Monday 8th September , Hannafore point, Looe

Meet: on promenade near public toilets

Time:  10.30am


Tuesday 9th September  Polzeath,

Meet: at Polzeath marine centre

Time:  11.30am  -(survey will take place on rocks at far East End of Polzeath beach)


Wednesday 10th September,  Readymoney Cove, Fowey

Meet:  on the beach

Time: 12 noon


Thursday 11th September, Prisk (Cow) cove, Helford

Meet: In layby opposite public footpath to Prisk cove, on road to Mawnan Church

Time: 12 noon

Friday 12th September, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes

Meet:  on slipway, Trevaunance cove

Time:  1pm

All surveys will take 2- 3 hours – you are welcome to join for whole day or for a part of day.

What to Bring; packed lunch, water, suncream, sun hat, waterproofs (depending on forecast), wellies or wetsuit boots (or other suitable rockpooling footwear!), Digital camera if you have one, Collins guide to the seashore (or similar) if you have one, enthusiasm!

The Shore Search blog page is a wonderful record of the amazing species found so far and the project’s achievements. It’s well worth a visit.

Also take a look at The Shore Thing project, run by the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. This project runs Shore Search surveys in various locations, including Cornwall.

I’ll get my waders on and see you on the shore!

Looking chic with waders and wild hair
Looking chic with waders and wild hair



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