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.


Oenanthe oenanthe




A pretty bird, blue-grey or brown above with black wings and cheeks, orangey breast, and a characteristic white rump and underbelly.

Wheatears fly off to central Africa to overwinter, but find the UKs climate and insect life appealing in the breeding season.


Just before they depart for the autumn migration, Wheatears gather especially on southern and eastern coasts.

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