Who doesn’t need a week off at the moment? Whether you’re visiting your local beach or holidaying in Cornwall, rock pooling is a free and fun experience for all the family.
Read on for links to events, rock pooling tips and my guide to what you might find.
Make every beach trip an adventure with my children’s book, Beach Explorer: 50 Things to See and Discover. It’s packed with hands-on activities, facts and quizzes.
Organised rock pooling events are perfect for learning about marine wildlife with the experts. Due to current restrictions, booking is essential for most activities and plans may change. At the time of writing, the following groups and organisations are planning events in the half term:
- Looe Marine Conservation Group, 29 May
- Polzeath Marine Group, 31 May
- The Rock Pool Project: Various dates
If you’re not able to attend an event, don’t worry. It’s easy to rock pool safely and to look after the wildlife with a little preparation.
ROCK POOLING TIPS
All you need for successful rock pooling is a pair of wellies or sturdy shoes and a little patience. There are many fascinating species to see, so go slowly, look carefully, leave everything as you found it and have fun!
- Always check the tide times, stay clear of cliffs and waves and dress for the weather.
- Nets can harm delicate sea creatures so are best left at home. A bucket or tub is ideal if you want to scoop up an animal to look at, but be sure to put it back.
- Why not finish up with a beach clean to help look after the wildlife?
Find out more about rock pooling with my top tips and guides.
The choice is endless! Cornwall has over 300 beaches and they are all fantastic. Any beach with rock pools will have crabs, snails, anemones, fish and more.
Find out about some of my favourite rock pooling beaches here.
WHAT TO SEE
May and June are fabulous rock pooling months. The pools are bursting with new life from baby fish to brightly coloured seaweeds and stunning starfish.
Sit quietly and look closely at the pools to watch prawns, crabs and sea snails going about their business. Gently lift seaweed and look under stones to reveal the secret hiding places underneath (be sure to put them back as you found them).
Here are some of my favourite treasures to find in the pools …
Green Shore Crabs