Anemone Identification Guide

Beautiful yet deadly, anemones are some of the rock pool’s most ferocious inhabitants. Here’s a snapshot of everything you need to know to tell these colourful critters apart.

Rock Pool Fish ID guide

There are many different types of beautiful fish that can be found in UK rock pools. This guide goes through some of the most common species you might find.

The edible crab

The edible crab (Cancer pagurus) is a common large crab found in small holes and under rocks in most UK rockpools.


Also known as the common blenny, the shanny is one of the most common and characterful of all rock pool residents. With their downturned smile and discerning gaze, these fierce fish are not to be overlooked!

The Rock Pool Shrimp

A common translucent shrimp (Palaemon elegans) found in rocky shore rock pools along the UK coast, mainly in the south.


Wrack are a family of seaweeds that are found on most UK coasts on both sheltered and exposed rocky shores.

Atlantic Bobtail Squid

The Atlantic bobtail squid (Sepiola atlantica) is truly a hidden gem of the rocky shore. These camouflage wizards are so easy to overlook that they are usually only spotted when accidentally disturbed, spending much of their time buried in the sand with only their eyes peeking out.

Beadlet Anemone

The beadlet anemone (Actinia equina) are red anemones found on rocky shores all over UK coastlines.

Sea Hare

With their bunny-like head tentacles and charismatic expressions, these marvelous molluscs are always sure to bring a smile to your rock pool adventures.

Barnacle Identification

Overview: Barnacles, or Cirripedia, are one of the most abundant groups of species present on many rocky shores. However, to the untrained eye, the grey-white carpet of miniature creatures coating the rocks underfoot can seem an identification nightmare. Recently, we were extremely fortunate to have barnacle expert Mike Puleston give us a talk full of […]