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.


Sanderling

Calidris alba

Type

Birds

Description

Grey above, pale below - can be tricky to separate from other small waders, but a black mark on its “shoulder” helps identify it. It patters quickly along the sand and it has a short beak for catching tiny prey.

Breeds so far north, in the high Arctic, that it is rarely seen by anyone while nesting.

Location

Only in winter, found all around the UK except uncommon in the South West.

Habitat

Mudflats, Sandy beaches

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