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Blue Recovery
Samuel Humphries

Best Rock Pooling in Cornwall

Being surrounded by the sea on three sides, Cornwall is home to a rich and diverse coastline, from sandy beaches, tall jagged cliffs, hidden coves,

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Children at a birthday party on the beach rock pooling in Falmouth
Events
Fran Geall

Birthdays on the beach!

(Rock) POOL PARTY!! Birthdays are a special time for creating treasured childhood memories and enjoying the innocence of being young. The Rock Pool Project had

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Citizen Science
Ben Holt

Citizen Science Co-Development – Launch Workshop

On 19th October 2022, our Falmouth and Plymouth teams came together at the Lostwithiel Community Centre to start something beautiful: a new rock pool research project built from the ground up by the community! Project leader Dr Ben Holt tells the story…

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Blue Recovery
Paul Foster

Loving Limpets!

Loving Limpets! There can’t be many social gatherings that are given over to celebrating the humble limpet(!), but that is exactly what happened at the

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Blue Recovery
Milly Moloney

Barn Pool AKA Barn Rock Pool

Mount Edgcumbe here we come! Plymouth Blue Recovery Beach Day number 9!  On Saturday the 8th October our Plymouth Blue Recovery Rangers, Rock Pooling Families

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Blue Recovery
Nicola Ellis

Bioblitz and BBQ

The week leading up to the bioblitz and BBQ was a nail-biting will-they-won’t-they time.  The weather forecast for Sunday was changing every day from rain

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Blue Recovery
Olivia Dixon

Oh what a(nemone) day!

As our Blue Recovery Project moves into its six month, our Plymouth rock poolers found some truly phenomenal marine creatures. Unhindered by the very un-British

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Art

Rockpool Poetry

Rockpool Poetry Share this blogpost: Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on whatsapp Heaven is a Rockpool By Mel Cross I

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Blue Recovery
Olivia Dixon

Rock Pools and Heat Waves

Basked in beautiful Spring, almost Summer, sunshine, Plymouth had its second wonderful Blue Recovery Beach Day recently! Our Blue Recovery community is growing here in

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Site in Focus
Zac Russell

Mount Batten

About Mount Batten: Located on the shores of the UK’s first National Marine Park, Mount Batten Bay is a small sand and shingle beach with

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Site in Focus
Zac Russell

Firestone Bay

About Firestone Bay: Firestone bay is a small pebble beach to the West of Plymouth Sound located next to Devil’s Point. It provides great views

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ID in focus
Laura Coles

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.

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

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.

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Events
Laura Coles

Rock Pool Bioblitz Battle!

Rock Pool Bioblitz Battle 06/11/2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Rock Pool Bioblitz Battle Public Event Castle Beach,

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The edible crab

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

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Shanny

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!

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The Rock Pool Shrimp

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

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

Wrack

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

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

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.

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

Beadlet Anemone

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

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

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.

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Site in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

Gylly Beach

Gyllyngvase beach is a popular beach in Falmouth and is perfect for families with three different rock pool sites to choose from.

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Site in Focus
Laura Coles

Castle Beach

About Castle Beach: Situated in the heart of Falmouth, Castle Beach is one of our most popular survey sites. At low tide, the shingle beach

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

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

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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The Painted Topshell

The Painted topshell (Calliostoma zizyphinum) is a sea snail found on rocky shores with a very colourful conical shell.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Common Squat Lobster

Galathea squamifera, the common squat lobster, is a species of intertidal crustacean. Don’t be fooled by the name- these fancy fellows are actually more closely related to hermit crabs than lobsters.

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