I grew up in north Cornwall, where I spent much of my time amassing a collection of shells and exploring the tidal pools. Not much has changed, except I now own a proper pair of waders and have a fantastic network of fellow marine wildlife enthusiasts.

Heather Buttivant - Creator of Cornish Rock Pools
Heather Buttivant – Creator of Cornish Rock Pools

I moved away for a while to work on environmental issues in the Civil Service, Friends of the Earth and Climate South East, and to teach for The Open University, but the call of the sea was too strong. I moved back to Looe in south-east Cornwall in 2011 with my partner to bring up our son.

I volunteer with Looe Marine Conservation Group and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust to inspire people of all ages to learn about and help to conserve our exceptionally diverse marine wildlife. I write about wildlife, travel and environmental issues.

My first book Rock Pool: Extraordinary Encounters Between the Tides was published in 2019 with September Publishing and is now available in both hardback and paperback from your local book shop and online.

For younger adventurers and explorers, my children’s book, Beach Explorer, is packed with hands-on beach activities and facts. It is available from book shops and online book sellers.

Beach Explorer: Out 1 April 2021

This website is a labour of much love and the content is available for free to everyone. My wonderful readers often ask if there is a way to support my work. You can now ‘buy me a coffee’ through my Ko-fi.uk page. (Just click donate and you can set the amount to pay by PayPal). Thank you!

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

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