UK Seas

Discover the wonderful sea creatures that inhabit the UK seas and shores

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UK seas is a guide to the fauna and flora found around UK coasts. While the majority of species are marine, some species are included that are regularly encountered on land by the coast, so you’ll find descriptions of non-marine species such as reptiles, amphibians, insects and plants as well.

Snow bunting

Plectrophenax nivalis




A really beautiful little bird, mostly white but with some splashes of chestnut and black. It tends to stand out against dark cliffs and foliage.

Breeds in the Arctic, but a few pairs nest on the slopes of higher Scottish mountains.


Best looked for on coastlines from North Kent up to the top of Scotland

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