Rock Pool Project Blogs

Check out our latest blog posts from our amazing Rock Pool Project team:

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

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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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

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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Species in Focus
Rhiannon Davies

The Cushion star

The Cushion star (Asterina gibbosa) is a little, well camouflaged starfish that is commonly found in rockpools on many of the UK coasts.

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Species in Focus
Laura Coles

Cornish Sucker

This week’s Species in Focus is the Cornish Sucker. This unique looking fish may be little but packs a powerful ability to latch on to rocky surfaces using its adapted pelvic fins.

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Species in Focus
Christophe Patterson

St Piran’s hermit crab

Our second species in focus features probably the most popular new arrival to our shores in recent years. Well certainly in Cornwall anyway, where this charming little crab is named after the region’s patron saint: St Piran.

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Internships
Ben Holt

RPP intern: Katie Waddington

Katie Waddington is a wildlife photographer that will be capturing the fascinating species she can find in rock pools around Cornwall using the amazing ‘Meet Your Neighbours’ style. Find out more about her and this exciting project!

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Holidays
Ben Holt

Polurrian Hotel & Cove

The Rock Pool Project takes a look at Polurrian Cove and the hotel that sits above it in our second blog of the series about hotels in Cornwall.

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Holidays
Ben Holt

St Michaels Resort & Gyllyngvase Beach

Following up on February Half Term which saw us host our first monthly event at Castle Beach for the year, we are now going to be advertising some information about hotels from some of our favourite rock pooling locations in Cornwall, along with information about the hotels!

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Art
Ben Holt

February Launch

A local boy’s brilliant rock pool poem has inspired the Rock Pool Project to start a monthly Kid’s Rock Pool Art & Literature Competition!

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Species in Focus
Ben Holt

Broad clawed porcelain crab

The broad-clawed porcelain crab is a charismatic little rock poolers favourite. It is the most common species of porcelain crab found in the UK and can often be found clinging tightly to the underside of rocks below mid tide level.

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