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.

Common scoter

Melanitta nigra




A small, dark seaduck that bobs around in the sea, and is often found in large flocks. It eats molluscs.

It is vulnerable to oilspills while in its large winter flocks.


Many overwinter around North and West Wales, and the Moray Firth.

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